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USGS Responds to Record Floods after Hurricane Irene

This Science Feature can be found at: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/hurricane-science/
Map of real-time streamflow
Map of real-time streamflow

Rivers and streams are reaching record levels as a result of Hurricane Irene’s rainfall, with more than 80 USGS streamgages measuring record peaks. USGS scientists are measuring streamflow and river levels, and repairing and installing streamgages.

Crews continue to collect and analyze storm surge data from Hurricane Irene and document coastal erosion impacts. Other crews are out sampling water for pesticides, E. coli, nutrients, and sediment to document water quality impacts in areas affected by the hurricane.

Documenting Deployment of Hurricane Irene Storm Surge Sensor

John Erbland, Hydrologic Technician with the USGS South Carolina Water Science Center, holds a white board with information on the Hurricane Irene storm surge sensor deployment on a pier by the U.S. Coast Guard Station in the town of Wrightsville Beach.

What's in the Water After Irene?

John Byrnes of the USGS office in Troy, NY collecting a Hurricane Irene sample at the Mohawk River at Cohoes on August 29, 2010. As Hurricane Irene left her mark along the East Coast, USGS crews sampled water for pesticides, E. coli, nutrients, and sediment to document water quality in areas affected by the hurricane.

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