Georgetown officials want permanent river gauges to measure flood levels

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Leaders in Georgetown County are asking the state to spend some of its disaster money on permanent gauges to measure river levels.

Officials say the temporary gauges placed during Hurricane Florence’s flooding last year were helpful.

However, the gauges aren’t in place all the time, so flooding forecasts struggle to include influences from ocean tides.

County leaders believe accurate forecasts could keep the county from evacuating thousands of people when only hundreds will be flooded.

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