In 2009 Floyd County Emergency Management received a grant to install three river gauges at a cost of $17.581.00. This grant was due to the June 2008 flood that exceeded where homes and businesses were flooded.At the time of the 2008 flooding the only river gauge on the Cedar River north of us was at Austin, MN. In the 2008 Flood this was no help to the Emergency Management because most of the rain that fell was south of Austin.
The gauges will be used to help set up an early warning system on the three major waterways in the County(Cedar River, Shell Rock River and the Winnebago River). the gauges will help to better prepare for future flooding and give Emergency Management, the County and the Cities a better idea of when the flooding will occur so they can start evacuation if they need to. Two of the River Gauges (Cedar River, Shell Rock) also have rain gauges on them.
Floyd County has also partnered with the National Weather Service to share our river gauge data with them, so they are able to better predict future flood events on the three rivers.