A GIS Response to the Flint Water Crisis
Track: Disaster and Emergency Management
Authors: Malyssa Suarez, Nikkia Anderson, Walter Chomentowski
The Flint water crisis began in May 2014 when city water was switched from Detroit’s system to the Flint River. GIS Data gaps were identified and a top priority was to digitize scanned paper maps of the city's water lines to focus response and mitigation efforts.Flint had ArcGIS Online(AGOL)functioning before the emergency and it became the focal point for collecting and sharing spatial data. GIS tools and Collector were used extensively to provide a coordinated response to the emergency.