The Division of Water in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Flood Awareness Apex program and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services to install 75 low-cost flood sensors at 25 locations as part of a scalable network to track and monitor water conditions.
The low-cost devices will give the communities an alternative to the sensors provided by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which are expensive to install and engineer for specific needs. As part of this project, officials are installing the low-cost sensors at the same locations as the USGS sensors in order to compare the stream and rain gauge data. Depending on the accuracy of the new sensors, they will be moved to additional locations with the goal of sending real-time communications like phone alerts to drivers who are traveling near flooded areas.
For more information, see this article in the GCN Newsletter.