Flood Warning Project

HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM

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Challenge:

Devastating floods have struck Downtown Houston and Harris County, particularly from 1929 and 1935 and in more recent years. The District’s responsibility includes 22 watersheds and 1500 miles of open channel drainage network.

Solution:

153 monitoring stations were installed using a variety of water level and precipitation measurement technologies, including OTT Radar Level Sensors (OTT RLS), OTT Compact Bubbler Sensors (CBS), and pressure transducers.

Benefits:

The District is measuring rainfall and water levels in real-time to provide up-to-date flood information to aid first responders, issue flood warnings, and inform decision makers, the media, and the citizens of the region.

"Could not do what we do during flood operations without the water level devices. Really been maintenance-free, and can withstand intense storms if installed and anchored correctly.”

Jeff Lindner, Director of Hydrologic Operations, Harris County Flood Control District

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