31 :: A quick look at the Windsor Essex flood map

Inspired by today’s Globe and Mail article Governments ponder how to weather the next big storm, I thought I would take a look to see if I could find any flood maps for where I lived.

I knew that in Ontario, floodplains are managed by the Conservation Authorities and from this list, I went on to ERCA, the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  There’s no direct link on their site to flood maps, but their public GIS map application had the information I was hoping for.

For the image below, I removed all the layers except the 1:100 year floodline:

floodmap1

The areas around the small waterways in the area didn’t surprise me much but that large patch of blue around the neighbourhood of Riverside sure did:

floodmap2

These maps are a great resource. I will be investigating them further.

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