USGS Prepares to Launch on the Yazoo River
USGS National Flood Coordinator Bob Holmes stands on one of USGS' boats in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This particular boat came from the USGS Indiana/Kentucky Water Science Center. The boat and its crew joined USGS scientists and boats from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in Vicksburg for the flood measurements.
In late 2015/early 2016, unusually large rainfall in the Upper Mississippi River Valley led to flooding throughout Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. USGS water science centers responded to the flooding by measuring the streamflow, collecting water quality information, and providing that information to emergency responders.