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Somerset County Flood Information System

December 1, 1998


The timely warning of a flood is crucial to the protection of lives and property. One has only to recall the flood of August 2, 1973, in Somerset County, New Jersey, in which six lives were lost and major property damage occurred, to realize how unexpected and costly, especially in terms of human life, a flood can be. Accurate forecasts and warnings cannot be made, however, without detailed information about precipitation and streamflow in the drainage basin.

Recognizing the need for detailed hydrologic information for Somerset County, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Somerset County, installed the Somerset County Flood Information System (SCFIS) in 1990. The availability of data provided by this system will improve the flood forecasting ability of the National Weather Service (NWS), and has assisted Somerset County and municipal agencies in planning and execution of flood-preparation and emergency evacuation procedures in the county.

This fact sheet describes the Somerset County Flood Information System and identifies its benefits.

Publication Year 1998
Title Somerset County Flood Information System
DOI 10.3133/fs09098
Authors William M. Summer
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 090-98
Index ID fs09098
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization New Jersey Water Science Center