Research to improve flash flood warnings

A team of researchers has launched a new Android cellphone app called iSeeFlood to encourage the public to file timely reports when they see flooding of varying severity on the streets, in and around their houses, and in streams and creeks. Such flash floods can be dangerous to pedestrians and motorists alike. The free Google Play app is a new addition to the toolkit that researchers, forecasters and emergency management professionals are using to improve their ability to protect lives and property. An iPhone version is under consideration. The app will work with the regional Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, radar system that in recent years has delivered faster, more precise information about severe weather and flash flooding.

Provided by the University of Texas at Arlington

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