New Flood Preparedness Tool Available for Cross Creek at Rossville

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New Flood Preparedness Tool Available for Cross Creek at Rossville


A dynamic, new online flood preparedness tool which will help citizens and emergency managers improve their planning and response to flood warnings has been developed for Cross Creek at Rossville, Kansas.  The National Weather Service has published a library of flood inundation maps for Cross Creek.  Flood inundation maps help people visualize the potential extent of flooding at various river levels.  This information can assist in planning and mitigation decisions.


The final version of these flood inundation maps are the culmination of a multi-agency Silver Jackets team that included the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources, National Weather Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District.  This capability will help communicate the residual flood risks for the community of Rossville.


 “The flood inundation map project for Cross Creek demonstrates the multi-agency commitment to identify specific flood impacts and help communities become more weather ready,” said Teri Schwein, director of the National Weather Service’s Central Region. “Now when the Topeka National Weather Service office issues forecasts for Cross Creek at Rossville at different flows and stages, residents and emergency responders will be able to open the map and see what those stages mean to them.”


This project was structured under the Corps’ Silver Jackets pilot program from 2012. Successful implementation is a proof of concept of the interagency agreement known as the Integrated Water Resources Science and Services, signed by officials of the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Weather Service and the Corps’ Kansas City District. The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, led by the Division of Water Resources, were also participants.


The flood inundation maps are available on the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) Web site at: . 


NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.  NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and to enhance the national economy.  The NWS provides decision support services as well as enhanced services to local, state, and regional decision makers.  For other locations where flood inundation maps are available see the NWS AHPS Web site.


This is the third of four Corps’ Silver Jackets pilot projects of this type that have been done for the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team using the AHPS Web site.  All the pilots are presented on the Kansas fact sheet web site.


The flood inundation maps are based on observations and forecasts involving readings from the U.S. Geological Survey stream gage along Cross Creek at Rossville.  More information about USGS stream gaging in Kansas is available on the USGS National Water Information System web site.


The National Weather Service is working with its partners to build a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.  Visit, and follow us on Twitter @NWSDesMoines and on Facebook. Visit the multi-Agency Silver Jackets Project at:




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