System to ease flood danger in Memphis in works

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Emergency officials in Memphis are teaming up with federal agencies to create a network of river gauges and weather monitoring stations along Mississippi River tributaries to better monitor the waterways that overflowed and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes last year.

Shelby County Office of Preparedness director Bob Nations tells The Associated Press that the new gauges and weather stations will provide real-time information about water heights, river activity and rainfall levels along the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers and the Nonconnah Creek.

Those three Mississippi River tributaries caused much of the flooding in the Memphis area in April and May of 2011. About 2,000 homes and businesses were affected in some way by flood waters in Shelby County, but no deaths were reported.

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