ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Following two 1,000-year flooding events in Ellicott City in just the span of two years, more help has been set up to help residents in case of another major flooding event.
A team from the University of Maryland Baltimore County has developed a rapid flood warning system for the town called Flood Bot.
The program, which got funding from the National Science Foundation, saw a dozen sensors installed in 2019 to detect and monitor water levels in the Patapsco River and other critical flood points close to and around the Old Ellicott City downtown area. Those sensors can send alerts via Twitter if flooding is imminent.
- $20M To Be Allocated Toward Projects To Prevent Flooding On Main Street In Ellicott City, Officials Announce
- Four Years After The 2016 Flash Flood, Ellicott City Came Prepared For Tropical Storm Isaias
- Monday’s Heavy Rains Triggered Ellicott City Flooding Alarms For First Time, County Says
- Maryland Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Sends Tree Crashing Into Home, Leave Thousands Without Power
- Army Corps Of Engineers Presents Findings From Review Of Howard County Flood Mitigation Plan
- Ellicott City Business Owners Frustrated, Want More Urgency On Flood Plan
It can also tweet on its own, helping officials re-route and even close streets that are flooded or are in danger of flooding in real-time.
UMBC is also working with its hardware partner to deploy sensors in flood-prone areas in Michigan and Virginia as well.