New installations down by Cannonball today… and it’s not for the camp.
It’s a new flood gauge along the Cannonball River bridge.
The United States Geological Survey just installed a flood gauge and this is to determine the water level along the cannonball River.
Steve Robinson, Deputy Director for the USGS North Dakota Science Center says, “It’s a radar, water level device, which is a microwave radar, the surface responses back up. That information is stored and processed and the data collection of the portion of the gauge is transmitted via satellite to a GOES satellite.”
After the installation is complete, the gauge will keep a consistent flow of data.
Robinson says, “It collects data every 15 minutes, but it only sends via satellite only once an hour. So the data once it’s transmitted it takes 5 minutes or so to be on the web.”
This is the first time that the Cannonball River bridge is installing a flood gauge.
It is only temporary, the gauge will be removed once the flood peak is past.
Installing the unit is only a two man job.
“A rapid deployment gauge is designed to be a small self contained unit like you saw something that two guys can put in,” says Robinson.
They are installing a flood gauge to provide water elevation information to emergency managers to make better decisions of life and property.
Robinson adds, “With more folks than normal here, so the concern was that there might be some risks to individuals and property along the river so, the gauge was installed in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers.”
The gauge was quickly installed and was already collecting data within hours of installation along the Cannonball River.
The first gauges like the one installed were used in 2011 during the statewide flooding