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Media Advisory:USGS Crews to Install New Streamgage in Cedar Rapids
Released: 6/12/2008 1:45:07 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Kaylene Carney 1-click interview
Phone: 319-430-2985

Heidi Koontz 1-click interview
Phone: 720-320-1246

Today the U.S. Geological Survey is installing a temporary streamgage in downtown Cedar Rapids until the permanent streamgage can be restored. Transmission of the information from the streamgage was abruptly interrupted last night when power to the downtown Cedar Rapids area was cut off because of safety concerns due to the flooding and the backup system failed. 

Temporary streamgages will also be installed in Wappello and Keosauqua.  Although the information from these gages is still being transmitted at this time, current National Weather Service forecasts of peak flows indicate a strong possibility that service will be interrupted without this precautionary action. 

The USGS operates 153 streamgages across the state.  As of this morning, 58 gages were reporting streamflows over floodstage.  Over 40 USGS scientists and crew are working throughout Iowa collecting critical streamflow data that are vital for protection of life, property and the environment.

Where:       Downtown Cedar Rapids

                 Exact location TBD - please reply to this message for specifics.                       

When:         Thursday, June 12

                 2 to 3 p.m. 

USGS streamgage data are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to develop flood forecasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control, and the various state and local agencies in their flood response activities.

For more information on USGS flood-related activities, please see: http://water.usgs.gov/osw/

Photos of Iowa flooding available at:  http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/floods/images.asp?CurPage=1

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