Emerson, Iowa Flood Warning System

by William P. Doan, Corps of Engineers, Omaha, NE, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


A flood warning system was installed in 1985 by the Corps of Engineers at Emerson, Iowa as part of Emerson, Iowa Flood Control Project on Indian Creek. The warning system consists of two remote sites for measuring creek levels and rain/snow amounts; one remote site for measuring rain/snow amounts only; one base station; and five small VHF hand-held receivers (beepers) for alarm. This paper presents a discussion of the conception, design, and operation of the Emerson flood warning system. It also describes some of the pitfalls that could have been avoided in the area of customer satifaction in the early part of the operations phase of this project.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Project management | Snow | Rivers and streams | Rainfall-runoff relationships | Rainfall | Iowa | United States

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