Installation of 3 river gauges in Duck Creek to be celebrated Nov. 29

November 28, 2011

LOWER SALEM - The installation of three river gauges along the Duck Creek in Noble and Washington counties will be celebrated on Nov. 29 (Tuesday).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Community Building in the Village of Lower Salem in Washington County.

The gauges serve as a flood warning system for residents and businesses along Duck Creek, which flows through portions of Noble and Washington counties. In conjunction with National Weather Service information, the gauges will provide real-time data to local emergency management officials.

The project was sponsored by officials from the two counties and the MWCD is the primary funding partner. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency also are key stakeholders in the effort.

The cost for the design and implementation was $200,000. The flood warning system is authorized through federal law.

In 1998, flooding along the Duck Creek was responsible for five deaths and property damage estimated at $20 million.

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