(Bloomberg) -- In a week when heavy rains in Louisiana led to eight deaths and forced more than 20,000 people from their homes, the U.S. said it can now tap a supercomputer to better forecast flood events across all of the nation’s waterways.

The new tool will let forecasters target potentially life and property threatening downpours street by street, giving people more time to get out of harm’s way or prepare for the worst if they can’t, said Thomas Graziano, director of NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction.

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