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Hurricane Sandy - Important Links to Monitor

Hurricane Sandy is expected to pass through the Delaware Basin early next week and has the potential to bring heavy rains, strong winds, storm surge, and flooding to the basin. Preparations are currently underway in all four basin states to deal with what could be significant impacts. While the exact amount of rainfall and storm track is still somewhat uncertain, the potential for storm-related problems is real. There is also the potential for flooding after the storm vacates our area as runoff travels down-river from upstream points.

The Delaware River Basin Commission is neither an emergency management agency offering 24/7 coverage nor a weather forecasting agency. DRBC gets weather-related information - watches, warnings, statements, precipitation data, river rise forecasts, etc. - from the National Weather Service (NWS) through their web site, as well as from informational briefings given by their meteorologists.

DRBC tries to make it easy for the public and media to find flood-related information by creating links to very good NWS web pages from the DRBC's hydrological information page at http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/hydrological/. Many of the links listed below are also found at the aforementioned web page; however, we also include here links to some Sandy-specific information.

DRBC advises everyone to monitor the storm's progress closely and to take steps to ensure their personal safety. FEMA offers the following guidance: (1) stay informed of the latest forecast; (2) know your evacuation plan; (3) have your emergency kit ready, and (4) review and practice your family's emergency plan. More information is available at www.fema.gov.

Please pay special attention to the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) river rise forecast pages, which will be updated routinely during the storm and beyond and show current river stages as well as forecasted river rises. Be sure to refresh often as the forecasts are updated more frequently during potential flooding events. Sandy's track and NWS forecasts are subject to change, so it is important to keep up to date on the most current information that is available. Please be alert for rising water levels and follow instructions of emergency personnel. A NOAA weather radio is also a great source of information in case of power outages that would impact obtaining information from TV or online.


Please Note: On February 3, 2012, NWS improved all nine Delaware River flood inundation maps and user interface. Enhancements include Google maps with terrain and transportation layers, higher resolution satellite imagery, and the increased ability to zoom and pan. View the NWS public information statement for more details (pdf 56 KB). You can also view the earlier NWS public information statements from August 24, 2010 and July 6, 2011 which announced the original availability of the maps.


Note: Emergency managers and all others involved with water management decisions should reference USGS web sites as the primary source for real-time stream flow data. USGS data are reviewed and corrected often, thus offering the most accurate information for decision making.