Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (DE MD) Hurricane Sandy Activities--Maryland and Delaware

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:13:19 EDT

Summary: Moderate riverine flooding in response to precipitation from Hurricane Sandy is being experienced over most of Delaware and Maryland.

Hurricane Sandy brought tropical storm and hurricane strength winds to the Delmarva Peninsula, Chesapeake Bay, and adjacent locations. Those areas and most of Delaware and Maryland also experienced significant rainfall from the storm. The estimated precipitation totals from the National Weather Service range from 5.00 to 10.00 inches, with the heaviest rainfall totals seen in the Maryland part of the central Delmarva Peninsula.
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the USGS Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center (MD-DE-DC WSC) has deployed one 3-person, four 2-person, and two 1-person field crews to measure the resultant stream and river discharges and collect suspended-sediment samples.
Additional field crews will be deployed tomorrow (Wednesday, October 31, 2012) to measure the hydrologic response (discharge and water quality)in streams and rivers throughout Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and a 2-person field crew will be dispatched to retrieve 12 surge sensors and 1 wave-height sensor, along with associated barometric-pressure sensors at selected locations along the Atlantic coasts of Delaware and the southern shores of Delaware Bay.

Sub-Region: Mid Atlantic; Region: Eastern United States

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