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Spiders in the Gauge

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Watch your hands! Here you can see one of the many denizens of the swamp that mistake our sensor and gauge houses for prime real estate. As Dan Kroes, the scientist monitoring subsidence, said, "At least it wasn't wasps this time..."

In late 2015/early 2016 unusually large rainfall in the Upper Mississippi River Valley led to significant flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. USGS crews responded to the flooding by collecting streamflow and water quality information and providing it to emergency responders.


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