Scientists in S.C. State University’s 1890 Research and Extension Program have developed a monitoring system to predict which roads will flood during a heavy downpour.
“Our system will be an advantageous tool in facilitating a quicker response time for first responders during a bad storm,” said Tom Whitney, an 1890 researcher and a civil and mechanical engineering technology professor at S.C. State. “We know that the sooner they arrive to a scene and are able to administer aid, a person with life-threatening injuries will have a better chance of survival.”
S.C. State officials said the system is similar to the global positioning system found in many vehicles. Researchers would combine historical flood data with geographic information systems and hydrology models similar to those used by meteorologists.
Emergency personnel will be able to view a screen with visual markers that show which roads are flooding.
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Developed over a three-year period, the system is expected to be used for the first time in November in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.