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USGS crews measure record flooding in Oklahoma, USA

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    The Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Credit: Wikipedia

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U.S. Geological Survey field crews continue to measure record flooding in central and northeastern Oklahoma following severe storms.

USGS crews are measuring high flood flows and verifying streamgage operations on the Arkansas, Cimarron, North Canadian and Washita rivers. Precipitation totals from Monday evening to Thursday ranged from five to 11 inches and more is predicted. Currently, 32 USGS gages are above flood stage, six are above major flood stage and five peaks of record have been measured at long-term streamgages.

USGS crews will keep tracking the floodwaters with heavy rains forecast. This information is critical for resource managers and emergency responders to help protect life and property. The USGS coordinates efforts with the National Weather Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and many local and state partners.

There are about 210 USGS operated streamgages in Oklahoma that measure water levels, streamflow and rainfall. When flooding occurs, USGS crews make numerous discharge measurements to verify the data USGS provides to federal, tribal, state and local agencies, as well as to the public.

For more than 140 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and for many recreational activities.

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert. See where floodwaters go by following a stream trace at Streamer. View water data on your mobile device. Learn how a USGS streamgage works.

 
 

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