December 14, 2009

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Delaware River Basin flood warning system gets federal funding

WASHINGTON – Final House approval was given to $200,000 for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). The money is included within a 2010 budget appropriations bill.

The Senate is due to easily approve the measure in the coming days.  President Obama is then expected to sign the bill into law.

"Improving the flood warning system for communities along the Delaware River Basin will help save lives and property by making sure people know when a flash flood is possible," Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) said. “Investing money in the warning system now will help save a lot more money down the line with better planning and response in the event of an impending flood."

The DRBC is expanding upon improvements to its flood warning system that Hinchey initially helped fund in fiscal year 2008. These improvements will enable the basin wide flood warning system to be further enhanced and maintained.

The funds would upgrade the stream gage network, improve emergency forecasting for flash flooding, increase outreach and flood preparedness education, and improve coordination among the local, state and federal emergency response agencies.

The enhanced basin-wide flood warning system will provide authorities with advanced notice of a major flooding event and improve the ability of local and regional authorities to coordinate and manage such disaster situations.


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