Gloucester officials are using the VIMS Tidewatch program (referenced in a Daily Press story here: http://bit.ly/TNGfd1) as one of the tools to ensure public safety during storm events.
The Tidewatch system forecasts the potential for coastal flooding, particularly during storms and the accompanying tidal surges. It helps residents and public safety officials determine when its time to head for high ground.
Tidewatch was referenced during Hurricane Sandy, especially during the three peak high tide and flooding periods in Gloucester, said Creig Moore, the county's Emergency Services Coordinator.
Moore said in an email that it should be noted that the Gloucester Department of Emergency Management uses many tools to ensure officials can make the best decisions regarding public safety and protective actions for county residents.
County officials obtain information from sources to include: National Weather Service -- Wakefield; Virginia Department of Emergency Management briefings; and when warranted the National Hurricane Center, Moore said.
"Our number one priority is the protection of the public and Gloucester Department of Emergency Management will use any and all available resources available to perform that mission," Moore said.
Here's a link to more information about Tidewatch: http://www.vims.edu/bayinfo/tidewatch/index.php
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