Howard County planning to install flood sensors in June

Posted at 8:45 PM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 08:21:29-04

Businesses in downtown Ellicott City fought to rebuild after the July 2016 damaging floods and are facing rebuilding once again.

The latest project is a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service to install 48 advanced stream gauges at 16 locations throughout the Tiber-Hudson watershed to detect water levels.

The goal is to get more data about how weather impacts the watershed so the county can become more predictive in flooding situation and get warnings out faster. 

Click below to see more pictures from the flash flooding:

The sensors were set to be installed in June, it's too early to know if the project will move forward after the May 27, 2018 flood.

DHS gave the sensors to the county so that Ellicott City can be a pilot location for testing out the new low-cost technology. The data will be used not only to predict Howard County flooding, but support FEMA in protecting communities nationwide from disasters.