Lynn Williams, the Friends of Stoner Creek(FOSC) Webmaster, consulted with Chad Smart , Superintendent of the Paris Water Plant. The FOSC has recently sponsored an update on one of the Stoner Creek water level devices. Now this device communicates with a the National Weather Service (NOAA) more efficiently for flood warnings.
There are now two sources for this information. Ms. Williams is designing a table of contents which will give you access to both of these systems. On the right hand side of the stonercreek.us site there is a table of contents which will enable you to find easily this information. A longtime Stoner Creek resident , Pat Conley ,once reported to the FOSC that he appreciated the ease of reaching this information wherever he traveled.
The USGS information reports every 15 minutes. The NOAA reports every 30 minutes and in time of rising water gives you an easily read graph of flood crest predictions. D r. Mike Thornton says this particular feature is important to him and others living near the creek DocThornton, a founding member of FOSC, has been instrumental in linking Brandon Terry at High Sierra Electronics and Chad Smart at the water plant and the FOSC Board for this maintenance need. He has logged many contacts to get this accomplished.
The president of FOSC asked Mike Withrow, Assistant City Manager for the City of Paris , “ What is the reason for having two devices for predicting the level of Stoner Creek .” Mike said that “A belt and suspenders approach “ was important when it came to safety.
There is also a water level reading device on Houston.
This spring and summer the creek has risen several times above the 18 foot mark (the level of concern for residents close to the creek banks). These readings should help folks be better prepared against property damage and personal risk. The proceeds from the FOSC picnic on August 5th from 5:00-8:00 at 125 Taylor Avenue are used for such projects as this.