- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Crews with a federal agency that helps monitor water levels have begun installing replacement gauges following deadly flooding last fall in Central Texas.

KXAN-TV (https://bit.ly/SfnGQI ) in Austin reports U.S. Geological Survey crews on Thursday set up a sturdier gauge in San Leanna. A gauge installed a dozen years ago washed away during Oct. 31 storms.

Agency geologist Joe Capesius says the original Twin Creeks gauge was installed to measure low water levels and quality and not to withstand massive flows. The replacement gauge is 15 feet higher.

The sensitive equipment measures water flow and height and transmits data via satellite and other means.

Updated gauges are planned along several other creeks in the Austin area where fall flooding caused more than $100 million in damage. At least six people died.

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Information from: KXAN-TV, https://www.kxan.com

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