Topeka (WIBW) - People concerned how rain is affecting the levels of rivers and streams in the Topeka area can keep an eye on them on-line.
The U.S. Geological Survey recently installed three new stream gauges around Shawnee County. Shawnee County Emergency Management says they allow their agency and the public to access maps and graphs online.
The gauges are on the Wakarusa River at Wakarusa and on Shunga Creek at Gage and Topeka Boulevards.
The real-time data is relayed in 15-to-30 minute intervals to the USGS from satellite, telephone and radio for viewing within minutes of arrival. That turn-around time will be more frequent during times of crisis.
The real-time advantage will help Emergency Management get a good assessment of where there may cause for concern, should those levels rise too quickly. It also gives residents the opportunity to see what the department is seeing as it happens.
One gauge was funded by the city of Topeka, one by the Shawnee County Commission and the third by the USGS.