USGS Washington Water Science Center
|U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Release: March 7, 2016
TACOMA, Wash.— Theft of equipment shut down an important flood-warning gaging station on the White River near Pacific, Wash., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The theft occurred about 3 a.m. on March 3 and was later discovered by the USGS employee who operates and maintains the gaging station. The City of Pacific Police are investigating and because of the string of disabling thefts, the White River gaging stations are being closely watched.
“This is the third time in the past two months that one of our White River gaging stations has been hit by theft,” said Ken Frasl, chief of the USGS Washington Water Science Center’s Western Washington Field Office. “These gaging stations are vital to protect life and property in the City of Pacific and surrounding area.”
Anyone with information about any of the thefts is asked to contact the City of Pacific Police at 253-929-1130. Case numbers are 16-02802 (March theft) and 16-71 (January thefts).