The images of the flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina bring to mind images of the Flood of 1993 for many St. Louisans. Florissant was one of the many Missouri and Illinois cities in U.S. affected by the floodwaters of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The city of Florissant is partnering with Saint Louis University’s Norman J. Stupp Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab to make sure that piece of history never repeats itself. Over the next year, SLU’s Stupp GIS Lab will finish the fourth phase of its project for Florissant, mapping the city’s location next to the Missouri River, and Coldwater Creek taking note wetlands and other barriers from flooding.
The parallels between Florissant and New Orleans as cities are really remarkable. Both cities have similar settings – next to a major body of water and significant drainage and hydrography challenges. Members of the lab will survey Florissant, take 360-degree photographs of bridges and creeks around the city and compile them into an interactive map for the city. Located in SLU’s College of Public Service, the Norman J. Stupp GIS Lab is a state-of-the-art computer-imaging center for analyzing, processing and displaying spatial data.