U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts
of eastern Texas following intense rainfall.
Rainfall amounts of 18 – 20 inches over the last four days have led to
record flooding and evacuations in eastern Texas.
Seven USGS crews are measuring high flood flows and verifying streamgage
operations on the Sulphur, Cypress and Sabine River basins. Preliminary
data show record flood peaks were measured at five locations on the lower
portion of the Sabine River, downstream of the Toledo Bend Reservoir. In
anticipation of intense flooding in the City of Orange, Texas, USGS crews
will be making special discharge measurements and installing a
rapid-deployment gage to support emergency management personnel. One USGS
streamgage has been impacted by the floodwater and debris, and crews will
repair the equipment once it is safe to do so. All other streamgages are
fully operational and have not been impacted by the flood at this time.
USGS crews will keep tracking the movement of the floodwaters as rains
continue and the water moves downstream. This information is critical for
resource managers and emergency responders to help protect life and
property. The USGS has coordinated efforts with the Army Corps of
Engineers, the National Weather Service, Sabine River Authority and several
other local and state partners.