Media Advisory: USGS Measures Flooding in Missouri

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U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on rivers and streams across central and southern Missouri.

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista. 

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on rivers and streams across central and southern Missouri.

Heavy rainfall since Tuesday morning has led to widespread flash flooding. Five USGS crews are measuring high flood flows and verifying streamgage operations on the Gasconade River Valley, White River tributaries and St Francis River Valley.

The USGS is collecting critical streamflow data that are vital for protection of life, property and the environment. These data are used by the National Weather Service to develop flood forecasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control and local agencies in their flood response activities. 

There are 265 USGS-operated streamgages in Missouri that measure water levels, streamflow and rainfall. When flooding occurs, USGS crews make numerous streamflow measurements to verify the data USGS provide to federal, state and local agencies, as well as to the public.

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and many recreational activities.

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