The U.S. Geological Survey has a number of data collection stations scattered across Kansas. The stations transmit real-time data to the USGS every 1-4 hours. Emergency transmissions, such as during floods, may be more frequent.
The Kansas Water Office is promoting Water Alert, a service that brings instant, customized updates about water conditions to Kansas residents.
The U.S. Geological Survey created Water Alert to give people timely information about river, lake and groundwater conditions. It's a nationwide service, but there are over a dozen data collection stations in the Wichita area alone.