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Science that Weathers the Storm...Track Flooding During Tropical Storm Hanna in Real-Time
Released: 9/5/2008 6:40:49 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
A.B. Wade 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4483

Jennifer LaVista 1-click interview
Phone: 202-380-6052

Real-time flooding and storm surge information is available as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches the east coast by visiting the interactive US Geological Survey (USGS) Water Hazards Map.

Image of real-time streamgages in affected areas of Tropical Storm Hanna.The map provides immediate flooding and storm surge data from real-time streamgages in the affected area, which is imperative to local, State and Federal officials in order to forecast floods and coordinate flood-response activities in the affected area.

"These coordinated actions will ensure timely and uninterrupted water information for forecasters, emergency managers, scientists and the general public," says Matthew Larsen, USGS Associate Director for Water. "Improved flood monitoring and assessment will help reduce the risks to coastal communities, property and human life."

Access current streamflow in the context of historical conditions, as well as real-time water quality and groundwater information by visiting http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/hanna

Access other USGS Tropical Storm Hanna efforts by visiting http://www.usgs.gov/hanna.

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the U.S. The USGS, in cooperation with 1400 federal, state and local agencies, collects data from more than 7,500 continuous recording streamgages, most of which provide near real-time data in 15-minute increments. These data are used to develop flood forecasts, to manage flood control and coordinate flood response activities, to manage water supplies and droughts, to keep our waters clean, and to provide information for many recreational activities.


National Flood Specialist: Robert Holmes, 573-308-3581, bholmes@usgs.gov.

If you would like to know more specific information about USGS Tropical Storm Hanna response activities in your area, please contact the appropriate person listed below.


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