TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — The Johnston County Emergency Management Department announced the removal of a flow meter in Pennington creek that was a valuable tool to protect Tishomingo citizens as well as Pennington park visitors.

The meter, which was positioned on top of a bridge spanning the creek, measured the height and flow of water into Tishomingo.

"That gives me an idea of how much water is being put into the stream, and how much water is being taken out of it, also, with the consumption from Tishomingo." Said Johnston County Emergency Management Director Jason Bryant.

The meter was removed by the U.S. Geological Survey after the city ran out of grant money to keep the meter going. One area of concern after the removal of the meter was the possibility of the creek drying up, which would deplete the main source of water in the city. However, Jason Bryant says that won't be a problem.

"They've augmented that by putting in a well, so there's a backup plan if the creek goes dry during a drought, or something like that." Bryant mentioned.

until a new method of measurement can be installed, workers will be closely watching the creek to ensure the safety of the public.

"We are monitoring the creek, the best that we can. We'll do our absolute due diligence on making sure that this creek is monitored visually."