Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews in Advance of Storm and Inland Flooding

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Currently, heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are predicted for western North Carolina and most of South Carolina by the National Weather Service, with flooding possible over parts of the region over the next several days.

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS crew as they prepare for flooding associated the coming storm? Please contact Brian McCallum or Hannah Hamilton.

Currently, heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are predicted for western North Carolina and most of South Carolina by the National Weather Service, with flooding possible over parts of the region over the next several days.

U.S. Geological Survey field crews will be in the field installing instruments and measuring flooding on rivers and streams across the Carolinas tomorrow through Monday.  Crews will focus on portions of the Yadkin-Pee Dee, Santee, Edisto and Savannah rivers, along with coastal areas around Charleston and Myrtle Beach. When flooding occurs, USGS crews make numerous streamflow measurements to verify the data USGS provides to federal, state and local agencies, as well as to the public.

Who: USGS field crews

What: Reporters are invited to join USGS field crews taking water level and water quantity measurements to help document flood conditions and improve National Weather Service flood forecasts

When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 through Monday, October 5, 2015

Where: North Carolina: Asheville
South Carolina: Clemson, Columbia and coastal areas

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch and FloodWatch websites. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert.