01 Sep Baton Rouge Flood Map: Using IT Know-How In Emergency Situations
Anyone looking for a view of the historic flooding in Baton Rouge, La., probably has seen the map created by Warren Kron and his team. Kron is GIS Manager in the IT department of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. He’s charged with working with geographic information systems (GIS) within the greater framework of IT. The goal? To help government services such as law enforcement and emergency personnel function effectively and to provide more comprehensive visual information services to residents.
For example, Kron’s GIS work as part of the government of Baton Rouge includes creating applications to help people identify their council district based on the street address of their house.
Kron’s highest profile project to date has been the map he created using a variety of GIS data, along with tools from geographic information system vendor ESRI, to simulate a view of the disastrous flooding that took place earlier this month in Baton Rouge and other Louisiana cities and towns.