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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 09/18/2007 - 5:00pm.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Brunswick County Emergency Management is working to get rid of flooding problems in the county. They're doing it through new technology that detects rains levels. Over the next two months new technology on loan from a meteorology center in Chapel Hill will help warn residents about fast rising water. Across Brunswick County 14 weather sensors are being installed in flood prone areas. Meteorologist Jessica Prodd said, "It can give us very exact rates that are very dependable and we're able to send the data back to RENCI so people can view it in real-time." Along with the weather sensors, a technologically advanced radar rain detector, and precipitation sensors are being tested. Officials hope the new advances in rain measurement will reduce the impact of floods like those from years past by providing earlier and more detailed information to residents. Brunswick County Emergency Management's Randy Thompson said, "It also gives a historical track of data so we can work on mitigation in the future so that we'll be able to show historically where we've had flooded roadways." Brunswick County officials requested the use of the equipment in hopes that it will help give residents more time to evacuate in case of floods. "We'll be able to gage the water level that is increasing so we can anticipate when we are going to have to call for action from the public." The three systems are being tested to see which one works best. After a few months the data from the equipment will be sent to the National Weather Service.

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