New USGS Streamgage Aims to Protect Hoosier Lives, Property
A new streamgage recently installed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the city of Linton, Indiana, will provide continuous, real-time streamflow and water level data in an area that has demonstrated a need for reliable flood warning and flood-related data.
Devastating floods hit Linton, approximately 40 miles south of Terre Haute, in April 2013. The new USGS streamgage on Bee Hunter Ditch will aid emergency personnel by providing valuable information needed to make decisions on evacuations and assist with infrastructure protection when water rises.
The information from the gage will be transmitted hourly for use in flood forecast models of Greene County, support decisions by local emergency managers for road closures and allow residents to monitor conditions from their homes at any time. Funding for this gage is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Data from the new Linton gage and more than 200 other USGS-operated streamgages are publically available in near real-time at the USGS Indiana Water Science Center website.
For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the U.S. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and for recreational activities. The more than 200 USGS-operated streamgages across Indiana measure water levels, streamflow, water quality and rainfall. Agencies such as the National Weather Service in particular, rely on USGS streamgage data to develop and refine their flood forecasts. These forecasts are critical in warning local communities during periods of potential and imminent flooding.
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