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July 2013

A Map to Recovery

By Jessica Wyland
Esri Writer

Len Bundra, from Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority (TRMUA), built an online map that became a go-to information source for homeowners, utility workers, firefighters, and police after Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore in 2012. Now, the TRMUA GIS Map, built on the Esri ArcGIS platform and hosted by Amazon Web Services, is being used by government officials, contractors, plumbers, consultants, and others, as New Jersey residents plan where to rebuild. Read the article.

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The TRMUA GIS Map shows the location of properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and includes hyperlinks to oblique aerial photos taken by the Civil Air Patrol.

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