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Flood-Prone Town Uses Predictive Modeling to Protect Residents

Increasingly severe weather events have permeated through the Southeast in recent years. Cary, North Carolina has been no exception, with business and residents contending with repeated and costly stormwater flooding. In 2020, the city of Cary formed a partnership between SAS and Microsoft to create an advanced monitoring system and predictive model. The system uses wireless sensors and rain gauges to detect water rising in local sources, which is then transmitted to a database where officials can see expected water level rise based on the current data. Once transmitted, the town uses an Internet of Things platform to send alerts to all local departments so that preparations can be made to mitigate floods. This type of ingenuity can save towns thousands or millions in unnecessary damages, in addition to keeping residents safe.

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