Duck Creek Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov. 29

   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate the completion of the installation of three river gauges on Duck Creek in Washington and Noble Counties in Ohio with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2011, at the Community Building in the Village of Lower Salem, Ohio.

    The gauges serve as a Flood Warning System for residents and businesses along Duck Creek. In conjunction with National Weather Service information, the gauges will provide real-time information to local emergency management officials.

    The project was sponsored by Washington and Noble Counties, and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is the primary funding partner. U.S. Geological Survey and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency are also key stakeholders in the effort.

    The cost for the design and implementation was $200,000. In 1998, flooding along Duck Creek in those two counties caused five deaths and damages estimated at $20 million.

    The flood warning system is authorized under Section 205 of the Flood Control Act 1948 (P.L. 80-858).

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