Flood Early Warning Science in Texas

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The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) is developing hardened early flood warning systems to help first responders and citizens.

This includes:

     • Flood hardened gages raised high above and set away from the measured stream.

     • Redundant data collection and transmission paths.

     • Automated notification systems for emergency managers and the general public.

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TXWSC has expertise in a wide variety of flood early warning science applications, including, but not limited to: 

  • Monitoring streamgaging networks for early warning
  • Mapping flood inundation
  • Estimating flood frequency and occurrence
  • Hydraulic modeling of rivers and streams
  • Developing decision support systems
  • Mapping real-time water data with weather and hazards information on the web
  • Developing automated social media channels for data dissemination


Find out more about TXWSC flood-response science expertise in this printable information sheet.



Texas Water Dashboard

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The Texas Water Dashboard is a web mapping application that presents U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, and well data in Texas in context with current weather and hazard conditions.  The Stream layers includes a "Rate of change" status option which will show you at a glance where river levels are rising.


Social Media

Anatomy of a USGS TX FloodWatch tweet

Anatomy of a USGS TX FloodWatch tweet

The Texas Water Science Center operates two autonomous Twitter channels which post tweets of current water conditions at USGS gages when flooding or extreme rainfall is detected.





Flood hardened gage on the north prong of the Medina River, Texas

Flood hardened gage on the north prong of the Medina River, Texas. (Public domain.)



Bandera Flood Early Warning Tool

InFRM Flood Inundation Mapping