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Fact Sheet 2010–3029

Prepared in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA)

Real Time Flood Alert System (RTFAS) for Puerto Rico

By Dianne López-Trujillo

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Overview

The Real Time Flood Alert System is a web-based computer program, developed as a data integration tool, and designed to increase the ability of emergency managers to rapidly and accurately predict flooding conditions of streams in Puerto Rico. The system includes software and a relational database to determine the spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall, water levels in streams and reservoirs, and associated storms to determine hazardous and potential flood conditions. The computer program was developed as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey Caribbean Water Science Center and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, and integrates information collected and processed by these two agencies and the National Weather Service.

First posted May 21, 2010

For additional information contact:
Dianne López-Trujillo
U.S. Geological Survey
Caribbean Water Science Center
GSA Center building 651
Federal Drive, Suite 400-15
Guaynabo, P.R. 00965

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Suggested citation:

López-Trujillo, D., 2010, Real Time Flood Alert System (RTFAS) for Puerto Rico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3029, 6 p., available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2010/3029/



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