Last updated: March 05. 2014 11:38PM - 1694 Views
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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, announced that President Barack Obama’s administration has included $1.3 million in increased funding for flood forecasting systems in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget, for a total of $35 million in funding.

The Susquehanna Flood Forecasting and Warning System consists of a network of stream and rain gauges that generate data that allow the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings to help keep residents safe. Because of funding issues, many stream gauges vital to the system are in danger of being closed.

Casey, who pushed for more funding, said advance warnings give residents more time to flee their homes or protect sections of their property that could be in danger.

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