City of Roseville, California, Alert System: Real Time Microcomputer Based Flood Warning System

by Ira Bartfeld, Natl Weather Service, United States,
Verrie F. Pearce, Natl Weather Service, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers

Abstract: The ALERT system was developed by the California-Nevada River Forecast Center of the National Weather Service. The System integrates self-reporting, field sensors, a base station microcomputer, and software, including a real time streamflow simulation model, into a zero lag time local flood warning system. During February 1986, the City of Roseville, California, suffered major flood damage due to record flooding on Dry Creek. The Roseville Department of Public Works engaged a consultant who in cooperation with the National Weather Service implemented the ALERT Flood Warning System. Although the winter of 1987-1988 as been drier than normal, the Roseville ALERT System has become an integral part of the city's Public Works operations. It is also an integral part of the growing California ALERT network which today includes seventeen counties and two cities.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Urban areas | Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Computer networks | Streamflow | Rivers and streams | Computer models | North America | California | United States

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