Innovative Mapping Technology tells Story of Hurricane Hazel and Progression of TRCA Flood Management Systems

TRCA’s GIS team worked alongside writers to craft an interactive story of how our approach to flooding and flood management has gone through a significant period of evolution. From early days where people’s homes once rested precariously on the banks of Toronto’s rivers to present day, where river valleys are protected spaces, TRCA has heightened its understanding and approach to flood management.

“The GIS story map, ‘Toronto – A City of Rivers’ is a visually stunning and interactive story that creatively tells us what we’ve learned in the 60 years of operations,” Brian Denney, TRCA  CEO said. “The collaboration of GIS and skilled storytellers brings those lessons to life and shows the scope of the progress of flood management at TRCA. We’re so thrilled to share this with the public.”

Created using state-of-the-art GIS software called ESRI, the story map is divided into two halves on a screen. One side is reserved for the flow of text, while the other contains maps you can zoom in on different areas. Additional information pops up, giving the viewer more in-depth facts. The story map uses a number of historical pictures that illustrate the damage caused by Hurricane Hazel in a number of communities as well as current flood management practices.

It’s hoped the GIS story map can be used by teachers and students in the area as an important educational tool.  View ‘Toronto – A City of Rivers’.