Located against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University (CSU), The City of Fort Collins offers a diverse culture, educated and engaged citizens, outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. Throughout the year, live music, entertainment, and great local dining can be found throughout the historic downtown area.
The City needed to build a dynamic flood mapping application that showed live rain gauge and stream flow information while also complying with FEMA’s Community Rating System requirements (CRS), a voluntary program that provides discounts for citizens on flood insurance.
Using Geocortex Essentials, workflows were developed in such a way that users could go directly to the City of Fort Collins website to view stream flows in a simple, streamlined way. This new solution was used for both spreading public awareness and providing more information to the citizens of Fort Collins on where the floods are occurring during rain events.
Since using this dynamic flood mapping solution, the city was not only able to save money on flood insurance from their involvement in FEMA’s CRS program, but they were also able to achieve a CRS Class 2 rating, which only six other communities in the United States have been able to do.