Man Uses Pitchfork To Monitor River

By Jenna Hanchard

August 28, 2011 Updated Aug 28, 2011 at 10:16 PM EDT

Neighbors living along the Delaware River in West Branch are bracing for the rivers to crest.

Rodney Jones says his family has lived in their home in Walton for more than 30 years.

He says he has his own system to monitor the rise of the river.

"This year I've got a pitchfork where the water level is highest in a place where I can monitor how close it gets to the house and if we need to do anything. So we watch if the water goes past the pitch fork. We know if we need to move it or how fast the water comes. I do it every hour, " says Jones.

Jones says this trick may not work for everyone and encourages homeowners to be prepared to leave their homes once the water appears to be too high.