In addition to strengthening levees for flood protection in the wake of Hurricane Katrina three years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, in collaboration with the United States Geological survey has installed several new strengthened, or “hardened,” tidal gages along the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Mississippi Sound. The gages are designed to withstand a category 4 hurricane storm surge. In preparation for Hurricane Gustav’s approaching landfall, the USGS will also deploy mobile gages and storm-surge sensors crucial to effective forecasting and emergency response. Real-time data from these devices will be visible on the Hurricane Gustav Hydrologic Impacts Map. To follow Gustav’s storm surge and flooding go to the USGS’s WaterWatch — Hurricane Gustav Hydrologic Impacts Map.
Adapted from materials provided by United States Geological Survey