KUT — Public safety officials and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have unveiled a new national flood prediction system, which researchers say will increase the amount of river and creek flood forecasts by more than 700 percent and offer a new approach that will save lives in Central Texas and beyond.

The system takes information on rainfall, geography, streamflow data and more, and runs it through sophisticated computers to forecast floods up to 15 hours before they hit. With that kind of lead time, officials hope to warn and, if necessary, evacuate more people.

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