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Information Release



Contact:   Hugh Strawn




Date:   March 5, 2015 


Stream Gauge Flood Date Available on PLRB Map

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Catastrophe managers of PLRB member insurance companies have a new tool to assist them in determining the potential for flooding and the current conditions at over 7.400 stream gauges in the U.S. The data is available on PLRB Map, a Catastrophe Services interactive mapping member service. 



Current Stream Gauge Reports on PLRB Map


The information is generated with flood gauge data from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service.  The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a network of approximately 7,400 stream gauges across the United States.  The NWS monitors each station and utilized the data to generate flood advisory forecasts and flood warnings. 


Employees of PLRB member insurance companies have access to the information for no fee, as one of the many member services provided by the PLRB.





Under the RADAR, WEATHER AND WATCHES/WARNINGS (NOAA) tab of the MAP LAYERS button on the PLRB Map, users can display all USGS stream gauges that are near or above flood stage.  By clicking on an individual gauge, users can see the current water level, at what stage flooding of low lying areas near the river will begin and view a report of current conditions at the stream gauge.




For further information on using the PLRB Map, please contact Andrew Louchios, Geologist – Geospatial Specialist, at or 630-724-2233.



The Property & Liability Resource Bureau is a not-for-profit association of property and casualty insurance companies.  It is located in Downers Grove, Illinois.