Project maps out building footprints in Illinois to study natural disasters

Read the full story from the Illinois State Water Survey.

Researchers at the University of Illinois are keeping an eye on areas of Illinois that are at high risk for flooding, not only county by county, but also building by building.

Using digital elevation aerial maps (lidar) of Illinois counties, researchers at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) marked and identified building outlines, or footprints, to help communities better mitigate flood damage in local areas…

ISWS has now provided views of their building footprints for the 36 counties in a shapefile format, as well as the Microsoft data at

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