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Gauges measuring river levels close across the nation

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Hundreds of gauges that measure water levels in rivers and streams will be closed across the country.  That includes some, right here in Siouxland.

It's part of federal sequestration.

The shutdowns are in an effort to cut five percent of the U.S. Geological Survey's budget for this fiscal year.

The gauge on the Elkhorn River in Pilger, Nebraska closed yesterday.

Hydrologist Dave Pearson says while the gauges in Norfolk and West Point are still open, it could be a concern if the river rises quickly.

"If the river rises quickly, we will have to watch the Norfolk river gauge to see it, or have someone at the sight to see if it's rising," said Dave Pearson, Hydrologist, National Weather Service.

Pearson says the hope is that when the fiscal year is over, the U.S.G.S. will be able to open some of the gauges.

He also says it would be helpful to get funding from state agencies to open the gauges.

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