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Patick Collins
Patick Collins
Manager of Technical Marketing at Exelis Visual Information Solutions

Local Geospatial Companies Assist Colorado Flood Responders

October 23rd, 2013 by Patick Collins

GIS and Image Analysis are Ideal for Natural Disaster Recovery and Response

The recent floods in Colorado exceeded previous assessments of the impact that such a large amount of rain would have along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Many flood zone maps and other pre-disaster plans were rendered irrelevant as soon as rivers began jumping their banks and re-routing into neighborhoods and fields. The impact to the roadways into the mountains has been unimaginable, forcing road closures and detouring residents for many weeks, causing them to drive hours daily in order to get from their homes out of the mountains.  In the aftermath of this disaster GIS analysts in and around the flooded areas, including the city and county of Boulder, the city of Longmont, , were charged with assessing the flood extent and  impact that the floodwater had on their communities. Initial concerns  included destroyed transportation routes, private and government owned property, the stability of soils near houses and roadways, and much more. Read the rest of Local Geospatial Companies Assist Colorado Flood Responders

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