Harris County Unveils Mobile Flood Warning Website
by: Ed Mayberry and Jack Williams, September 17, 2012 3:09:00 pm
Last June, the Flood Control District unveiled a new flood warning system website that tracks bayou and stream levels. Now, that same website has a mobile version that's simpler and easy to use on mobile devices. Steve Fitzgerald is with the Flood Control District.
"We got that running and got used to it and comfortable with it and then our staff developed the mobile website, which allows you to look at what's going on from rainfall and bayou and stream levels using your mobile devices, iPhones, Androids, those kinds of mobile devices."
The site will also work with an iPad or similar tablets. Fitzgerald says the information is nearly real-time and could come in handy during periods of heavy rain.
"There is some delay from getting the data from our sensors in the field. We have 132 sensors in the field at different locations throughout the county. It goes through radio frequencies to our bay stations, repeaters and then finally through our software and then to the public. So there is probably a 4 or 5 minute delay with all that processing time, but it's about a real time as we can get."
That web address is harriscountyfws.org. The mobile site also allows users to search for information on specific areas of the county using zip codes or addresses.