"While a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, Christina Cummings worked with FEMA Risk Analyst/GIS Coordinator Jesse Rozelle, Dr. Paul Todhunter, and Dr. Brad Rundquist of the Department of Geography, to conduct a site-specific analysis of potential flooding in Minnewaukan, North Dakota. She was able to provide accurate maps and flood damage profiles to officials at the local, state, and federal levels to assist them in making more informed decisions regarding relocation as a flood mitigation alternative. For Minnewaukan, the Hazus-MH [Hazard US] model was applied in an innovative manner to examine the effects of lakeshore flood hazards. With the support of the Minnewaukan government and FEMA, Tina Cummings created a site-specific database using building information provided by the Benson County Tax Assessor's Office. Information from the database included building square footage, number of stories, foundation type, etc. The database was then imported into ArcGIS and Hazus-MH's User Defined Facilities. The analysis which started outside of Hazus, produced a series of flood maps and flood damage profiles for water surface elevations (WSE) between 1452 to 1460 feet that local officials and citizens used in making flood mitigation decisions. The purple circles in the maps below show the location of inundated buildings; the circles are graduated according to the assessed value of the properties."
United States Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/