September 2009 Flooding
Dog River at Ga 5, near Fariplay (02337410)
Hydrologic information for this site.
The USGS water-monitoring site at Dog River at Ga 5, near Fariplay. The
blue box contains stream stage (gage height) recording equipment. A buried
pipe reaches from the gage into the river, allows the stage (depth) of the
river to be measured. The aerial antenna transmits gage-height data back to
the USGS office in Atlanta every 15-minute, with these data showing up on
our Web pages in "real time". The white "can" on the pole is a tipping
bucket rain gauge, that also measures precipitation in real-time. The USGS
lost a number of gages and water quality monitoring stations during the
September 2009 flooding around Atlanta.
Inside the stream gage (the blue box in the picture above), showing the
data logger and other equipment . The flooding at this site was so severe
that the stream stage was high enough to also flood the gaging station,
damaging some of the equipment. The USGS lost a number of gages and water
quality monitoring stations during the September 2009 flooding around
The yellow pipe contains a "quick-deployment" river stage recording device.
These devices record constant water pressure readings in internal memory,
which are then brought back to the office and converted to river stage
values. These devices are of great value, as they can be deployed in
locations that have no established monitoring systems and can be used when
existing monitoring devices are rendered non-functioning. They also are
used on the coasts to measure hurricane storm surges (put in place where no
USGS employee would want to be).