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LOCATION UPDATED: Montgomery County Executive Elrich to Join Demonstration of County’s New High-Tech Flood Warning Sensors on Friday, June 24, in Germantown

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

NOTE FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITIORS: This is an updated version of a media alert sent out earlier today. The only update is to clarify the event's location.

Friday, June 24. Noon.

Gunners Lake

Wisteria Drive and Sky Blue Drive NOTE: UPDATED

Germantown, Md 20874

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will be joined at noon on Friday, June 24, in Germantown by representatives from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the County Department of Transportation, the County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the County Fire and Rescue Service to detail expansion of the County’s early flood warning system. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given Montgomery County 34 new high-tech flood sensors that detect rising water levels and provide early warnings about high water or flooding. They are being installed at flood-prone sites across the County.

The event will be at Gunners Lake located at Wisteria Drive and Sky Blue Drive in Germantown.

Summer is the time of year when it rains the most in the Washington Region. The National Severe Storms Laboratory states more people are killed each year in the U.S. by flooding than are killed by tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Enhancing Montgomery County’s early warning system is key to protecting the public and saving lives.

For more information on preparing for heavy rain and potential flooding, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/OPI/alerts/flooding.html

What:  Demonstration of Montgomery County’s expansion of its early warning system with new high-tech flood sensors.

When: Friday, June 24, noon.

Where: UPDATED: Gunners Lake, Wisteria Drive and Sky Blue Drive, Germantown. Google Map Link

Speakers:

  • Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Acting Director and County Climate Change Officer Adriana Hochberg
  • Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Chris Conklin
  • Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein
  • Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Management Specialist Matthias Miziorko
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Sensors and Platforms Technology Center Director Jeff Booth

Additional/Photo Opportunities: Following the speaking portion of the event, there will be a demonstration of how the flood sensors work.

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Media Contact: Veronica Robinson, veronica.robinson@montgomerycountymd.gov




Release ID: 22-058
Media Contact: Veronica Robinson 202-875-1563