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August 20, 2012
Brian  McCallum 770-903-9127
Ron Trumbla 817-978-1111 ext. 140
Melanie  Gade 703-648-4353

Media Advisory: USGS to Unveil Flood Preparedness Tool For Atlanta Suburb

Congressman Scott to Address Continuing Dangers of Flooding in Northern Georgia

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A powerful new online flood mapping tool that will help emergency managers protect lives and property in the flood-prone Sweetwater Creek area will be unveiled Wednesday at Austell's Legion Regional Park. The interactive web-based tool, called a "flood inundation map," is the first of its kind to be created for a major urban area in the southeastern United States.  Cobb County was ground zero for high water and flood damages from the epic 2009 flood events; this map will help identify where the potential threat of floodwaters is greatest, enabling quick decisions to be made about when and how to evacuate area residents threatened by rising floodwaters.  This mapping product, along with other USGS and National Weather Service tools, create a comprehensive flood preparedness "toolbox" for the Sweetwater Creek and surrounding communities. Follow this event live on Twitter @USGSLive.

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
10:00-11:00 A.M. Eastern

Where: Legion Park
5514 Austell Powder Springs Rd
Austell, GA 30106

Who: U.S. Congressman David Scott
Honorable Joe Jerkins, Mayor of Austell, Georgia
Tim Lee, Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Georgia
Keith Stellman, Meteorologist-in-Charge, NWS-Peachtree City, Georgia
Robert Mason, Assistant Chief, USGS Office of Surface Water, Reston, Virginia

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