Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Update/Enhance Susquehanna River Flood Warning and Response System


Priority Water Resources Need:

Improve Community Flood Preparedness


Project Location:

Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania


Project Lead:

Project Description:

Image courtesy: https://readync.org/EN/Informed_NatHaz_Hurricane.html The Susquehanna River Flood Warning and Response System was originally designed to facilitate risk assessment, flood response, and recovery for emergency managers and local officials in the Middle Susquehanna Subbasin. As the System was designed and developed nearly 20 years ago, time has rendered the system antiquated and virtually unusable. With recently updated mapping as the backbone, an effort will be undertaken to update the supporting database as well as move the system from the current GIS platform to a web based platform, allowing for greater access and efficient use. Additionally, the project will seek to provide a preliminary damage assessment report to be submitted upon realization of flood conditions in an impacted community. River forecast points at Wilkes-Barre, Danville, Bloomsburg, and Sunbury will be used as relative points of interest.


Challenges:
  • Extensive data collection effort to update backbone database
  • Developing adequate IT infrastructure for System sustainability
  • Extending platform to other basin communities with current inundation map libraries

Key Milestones:
  • •  Complete Data Collection
    (March 2020)
  • •  Develop System prototype
    (September 2020)
  • •  Complete System Testing and Refinement
    (March 2021)