Spending cuts may deep-six crucial flo

Spending cuts may deep-six crucial flood gauges
Associated Press

This handout photo provided by the US Geological Survery (USGS), taken July 5, 2011, near Westhope, N.S., shows the Souris River at the peak for the great Souris River flood of 2011, with equipment stored in cooler bolted to roof of gage house because water level was above gage house shelf. More than 100 crucial gauges that warn of imminent flooding or lack of needed water will soon be shut down, as part of the federal government's automatic budget cuts. USGS officials tell The Associated Press that stream gauges will be shut down across the nation starting next month. Some are in the nine states threatened with sudden Spring flooding. In rivers where flooding is imminent _ such as near Fargo, N.D. _ officials are scrambling to keep needed monitors working and make the cuts elsewhere. (AP Photo/USGS)

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