Anyone who has experienced the devastating effects of a flood can tell you that the difference between 2 inches of water and 2 feet of water can mean a long day of cleaning, or being forced to leave your home. Just knowing where flooding can occur is not enough.
In partnership with the state of Illinois, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting assessments which will provide accurate and accessible information to help communities become safer from floods.
Structures most at risk for flooding will be surveyed. Teams of two surveyors will spend about 20 minutes on each property, measuring the elevation of the first floor and the lowest entry point for water flooding into a home.
The goal of this project is to develop a statewide database with building-specific flood hazard and flood risk information for structures. This information can then be used by community officials to help make informed decisions and aid in mitigation planning. The information may also be useful for strategically prioritizing building acquisitions and identifying appropriate mitigation options.