Feds fund flood monitors for Twin Tiers

By Conor Mooney

Feds fund flood monitors for Twin Tiers

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be spent on dozens of critical flood gauges in the Southern Tier.

River gauges are devices on which the Twin Tiers depends, especially during rainy seasons, to predict and measure river flooding.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced Monday that more than $215,000 worth of federal funding will keep the gauges online. Earlier this year, the federal government threatened to de-fund the gauge program because of budget cuts.

The gauges that line the Susquehanna River were set to go offline on March 1.

The funding is money set aside from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

Both Schumer and Gillibrand say these devices are critical in determining when waterways throughout the Susquehanna River Basin are nearing flooding levels.