USGS Streamgage Reactivated After 13 Year Absence

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A U.S. Geological Survey streamgage, dormant since 2003, was recently reactivated in the city of Frankton, Indiana through a funding partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

This USGS gage will provide continuous, real-time streamflow and water-level data for INDOT engineering staff to monitor roads and bridges along Pipe Creek.

Reactivated USGS streamgage in Frankton, Indiana
USGS streamgage in Frankton, Indiana. Dormant since 2003, the streamgage was recently reactivated through a funding partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation.   

Flooding in the area has been a problem in the past and was the cause of a bridge collapse over a nearby tributary in 2011. The streamgage will aid emergency personnel by providing valuable information needed to make decisions on evacuations and road closures during floods. Madison County residents can monitor conditions at this gage from their homes at any time through the USGS website

Data from the Frankton gage and more than 200 other USGS-operated streamgages are publically available in near real-time at the USGS Indiana-Kentucky 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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