Real-Time Monitoring and Flood Forecasting

by W. A. Evans, Jr., (M.ASCE), Harris County Flood Control, District, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


An automated flood warning system is now serving the 2,700,000 residents of Houston, Harris County, Texas. Real-time rainfall and river level data from more than 150 sensors are automatically transmitted to a microcomputer at the Harris County Flood Control District Offices (HCFCD). Stream status and crest predictions are made available to flood prone citizens in the flat coastal plains of Harris County, covering more than 20 watersheds and 1,740 square miles.

Subject Headings: Floods | Forecasting | Rivers and streams | Disaster warning systems | Flood plains | Automation and robotics | Rainfall | Hydrologic data | Texas | United States

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