Systems for Monitoring and Predicting Flood Conditions Were Inadequate or Failed

Existing systems for flood monitoring and flood forecasting are still inadequate. The National Weather Service needs better quantitative precipitation forecasts for periods 2 to 7 days ahead, and needs to more effectively integrate its new radar network to implement better flash flood warning techniques. The inadequacy of river monitoring equipment in the Mississippi River system calls for major improvements. Basin hydrologic models used for forecasting need revisions. There is a need for a layered geographical information system (GIS) for every river mile to allow better damage estimates as floods develop.

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