- Associated Press - Sunday, November 9, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new flood gauges to warn of possible floods.

U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly $1.5 million for the installation of the devices in 23 counties.

The gauges are used to monitor and measure rainfall and water levels to help emergency management officials respond to floods.

Gillibrand says recent floods from Superstorm Sandy and tropical storms Irene and Lee show the need for the devices. She says the federal funds for the gauges are a “step in the right direction” for efforts to better prepare the state for future floods.

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