Schumer Early Warning Flood Systems

January 21, 2012 by staff 

Schumer Early Warning Flood Systems, US Senator Chuck Schumer was in Binghamton Thursday telling municipal leaders that he is working to make sure the early warning flood system stays operational.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission needs 268-thousand dollars to keep the stream and rain gauges going. Otherwise, they’ll be taken off-line in March. The warning system helps give people and governments an idea as to how bad flooding will be. Schumer says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received a $2.2 million increase in funding this year so programs like this would be protected. Schumer is asking NOAA to use part of the money to maintain the gauges. He says even talk of cutting them is ridiculous.

Schumer says, “Some bureaucrat sitting somewhere probably wanted to save some of their pet projects so let’s cut those flood gauges, something like that. This is needed. No one thinks this is superfluous. This has always been a federal government function. Somebody’s head should role for doing this, figuratively.”

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