Lake Ontario flooding in the Greater Rochester Area

Authors: Scott Williams*,
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Marine and Coastal Resources, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Natural Disasters, 3D GIS, Flooding, Environmental Policy
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In the spring and summer of 2017, widespread flooding occurred along the New York State Lake Ontario shoreline. Lake levels rose nearly one meter above normal levels, damaging key infrastructure and causing major damage to shoreline homes. The following year showed higher than average water levels in the lake, but little flooding. This project examines the effect of Lake Ontario's rising waters on the suburbs of Rochester, New York. In order to assess the cause of the 2017 flooding and the lack of 2018 flooding, a comparison of the projected water levels of Plan 1958DD and Plan 2014 was conducted, and International Joint Commission reports written pre- and-post flooding were analyzed. Through thematic mapping and 3D visualization using ArcGIS Pro, this project explores consequences of the flooding, community disaster resilience in the Greater Rochester Area, and examines outlooks for the future.

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