New stream gauge in Rainelle will help with early flood warning

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RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — A new stream gauge is installed in Greenbrier County about two weeks ago. The gauge was installed by Sewell Creek near the Rainelle Town Hall.

State Senator Stephen Baldwin said officials worked hard to get this stream gauge after the floods of 2016 devastated the community.

“We had just a devestating flood three years ago and one of the responses to that flood has been to try and provide more notification to folks in the event of flooding and specifically in the event of stream and creek flooding,” Baldwin said.

As part of the early warning flood system, the stream gauge will measure water levels to give residents more time to evacuate if there is flooding. Baldwins said in some instances, the short amount of time added to notify people in the area can make a difference in life or death situations.

“It’s not a matter of if we get these floods again,” Baldwin said. “It’s a matter of when and where.”

Baldwin said the response to the stream gauge has been overwhelming. People who lived through the flood of 2016 are appreciative because they remember the difficulties of trying to repair their town.

“The number one thing I get calls about everyday is flood recovery,” Baldwin said. “So this is very much on the forefront of people’s thoughts.”

People can check water levels online in West Virginia through the United States Geological Survey website.

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