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News Media Advisory: Hurricane Hortense
Released: 9/11/1996

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Rebecca Phipps 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4460

The especially wet Hurricane Hortense has U.S. Geological Survey hydrologists and technicians working around the clock to measure its impact on the rivers of Puerto Rico. The Rio de la Plata in northeastern Puerto Rico, for example, has reached its highest level ever, exceeding the previous record high flow of Jan. 5, 1992, when the river reached a flow of 82 billion gallons per day.

Look for USGS water information on the World Wide Web at http://h2o.usgs.gov.

For more information, including maps of affected areas, reporters may call the USGS Outreach/Public Affairs Office at (703) 648-4460.

USGS water data are used by the NOAA/National Weather Service for issuing flood warnings and forecasts. The data are also used by Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local emergency management organizations in providing flood relief assistance.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

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