WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with local communities to improve resilience to flood disasters. S&T announced today its latest community partnership with Howard County, Maryland and the National Weather Service (NWS).

In July 2016, Elliott City, Maryland experienced a devastating flood when a severe thunderstorm dumped more than six inches of rain in only two hours.

S&T’s Flood Apex Program will be working to support the community’s flood action plan by deploying 48 cutting-edge flood sensors for field testing at 16 different locations throughout the Tiber-Hudson watershed starting in late June 2018 . Data collected from these sensors will be correlated to weather events. By better understanding how these events impact the watershed, efforts can be made to strengthen disaster preparedness and community resilience.

Learn more: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2018/05/21/news-release-dhs-st-partners-local-communities-improve-flood