A US Geological Survey stream gauge near Walnut Creek

A stream gauge on S. State Street. 

Stream and Rain Gauges

See how we monitor stream levels and rainfall in Raleigh

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Stream Gauge Locations

A stream gauge on Rose Lane that'll track water levels in Walnut Creek

A stream gauge on Rose Lane that'll track water levels in Walnut Creek. 

There are 15 stream gauges along:

  • Crabtree Creek;
  • Pigeon House Branch (stream); 
  • Marsh Creek; 
  • Rocky Branch (stream); and, 
  • Walnut Creek.

We use most of the gauges to track flooding. Others track wet weather conditions to see impacts to the sanitary sewer system.

Stream flow and rainfall tracking is in partnership with US Geological Survey (USGS).

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Rain Gauge Locations

A gauge that'll measure rainfall in a specific area.

A rain gauge on S. State Street. 

There are rain gauges at all stream gauge locations except:

  • Rose Lane;
  • Ebenezer Church Road;
  • Capital Boulevard; and,
  • Anderson Drive.
Creeks  Cross Streets 
Crabtree Creek at Glenwood Avenue Crabtree Valley Avenue, Generation Drive, Blue Ridge Road, and Creedmoor Road.
Crabtree Creek at Wake Forest Road Noble Road, McNeil Street, and Rucker Street. 
Walnut Creek  Buck Jones Road, Trailwood Drive, S. Wilmington Street, S. State Street, and Sunnybrook Road.

Rain Gauges at Fire Stations

The rain gauge signal box installed on the outside of Fire Station 15.

The rain gauge signal box installed on Fire Station 15. 

We installed new rain gauges at fire stations in Raleigh. We chose these locations because they provide 24/7 operations and are spread out across the city.

The rain gauges show how much rain has fallen in an area. Data will also help us predict how much rain may fall and cause water in creeks to rise. Now we can track flooding more efficiently.


  • Easy access when repairing gauges.
  • Better predictions on flooding for first responders.
  • Efficient way to compare radar rainfall estimates with on-the-ground measurements.

Active Locations

  • Fire Station 15 on Spring Forest Road
  • Fire Station 18 on Morgans Way
  • Fire Station 23 on Pinecrest Road
  • Fire Station 26 on Barwell Road

During a Storm

Leading up to and during a storm we: 

  • Monitor rainfall and stream flow;
  • Identify flooding impacts; and,
  • Alert first responders early for road closures.

Stream gauges also help indicate whether or not a lake needs to be lowered before a storm to protect people and their properties.

Follow Water Levels

There are a few ways you can see the water and rainfall levels from the gauges: 



Kelly Daniel
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