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South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

South Carolina Real-time Imagery

Rocky Branch at Whaley and Main Street, Columbia, SC

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USGS station 02169506, Rocky Branch at Whaley Street at Columbia, SC is operated in cooperation with the City of Columbia, SC. Rocky Branch has a small (<3 square miles) drainage area, with the majority of that drainage being impervious surfaces. Rainfall events in the Rocky Branch drainage basin often cause flash flood conditions at this intersection and in the Five Points area of Columbia. The USGS station monitors the elevation of Rocky Branch every 2.5 minutes and records the data every 15 minutes. Real-time data from this station are available on the USGS NWISWeb. The station is also integrated with a traffic safety warning system. When the creek approaches flood stage, flashing lights warn motorists of potential water over the road. (The traffic safety warning system is maintained by the City of Columbia.)

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This station operated in cooperation with:

City of Columbia