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Tonight: Clear Skies with a Few Clouds Late.
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Rivers Are High, An Inside Look at Who's Watching Them

DAYTON -- When rotten weather hits, forecasters look not just at the sky, but also at our rivers and streams.

On Tuesday, a duck swims in the Great Miami River, which swallows up part of the bike path, making it impassable along a section of Riverscape in downtown Dayton.

"People don't realize the river would come up a lot more often than it does if it wasn't for our flood protection system. Dams and levies that are always quietly operating in the background," said Mike Ekberg who is busy watching water levels and getting that information out to the field crews. He manages Water Resources at the Conservancy District, which was created after the great 1913 flood.

"It can be life-sustaining and it can be extremely destructive. It's a two-edged sword," Ekberg said, referring to water.

The Conservancy District uses technology to measure the rain that's fallen in the Miami Valley. A lot of them are automated systems picked up through satellite, but crews also check it manually through good old-fashioned rain gauges.

While they are watching what is happening now, the focus is on what could come.

"It's maintaining the dams and the levees, inspecting things, fixing problems as they arise, as things wear out, the rehabilitation and also planning for the big events," said Chief Engineer Kurt Rinehart.

They also feed and get information to and from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. Our own team of meteorologists factor in all that data when they forecast.

 
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