Stream gauges used to predict river flooding will remain in operation for at least a few more months.
US Senator Chuck Schumer says the US Geological Survey has agreed to continue running the gauges through June 1st. The monitoring system had been slated for shutdown next month due to funding cuts. The gauges were successful in helping the National Weather Service predict historic flooding back in September 2011 and guiding emergency personnel to evacuate residents and businesses. Schumer wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund the gauges out of $25 million it received in response to Hurricane Sandy.