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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1130 AM CDT WED JUN 29 2016

...New River Forecast Service Starts Today at Bluffton Iowa...

Beginning today, NOAA`s National Weather Service /NWS/ Office in
La Crosse, WI will commence the provision of new River Forecast
Service for the Upper Iowa River near Bluffton, Iowa. These
forecasts will be provided as needed when flooding becomes a concern.

The new service at this location is a direct result of active
coordination over the past several years with County and Local
officials in Decorah and Winneshiek County. The new forecast service
will not only provide flooding forecasts for areas from Bluffton
downstream to near Decorah, but it will also assist recreational
interests in that area.

As of today, NWS La Crosse will begin to issue hydrologic products
as necessary that may include specific river forecasts. The
hydrologic products are listed in the following table:


FLOOD WATCH                 WGUS63 KARX              MKEFFAARX
FLOOD WARNING               WGUS43 KARX              MKEFLWARX
FLOOD STATEMENT             WGUS83 KARX              MKEFLSARX
RIVER SUMMARY               SRUS43 KARX              MKERVAARX

An explicit list of affected products and sample products are posted

The NWS defines Flood Stage as the river level at which impacts to
life and/or property begin.

At Bluffton, the Flood Stage has been set at 14 feet. The Moderate
flood level has been established at 16 feet, with Major flooding
beginning at 18 feet. Forecasts will be issued when water levels
are expected to exceed 11 feet, and Flood Warnings will be issued
when water levels are expected to reach or exceed the Flood Stage
level of 14 feet.

Since the automated equipment was installed in October of 1999, the
highest water level seen has been 15.49 feet on June 9th, 2008.
However, historic records indicate a higher crest of 18.3 feet
during the spring flooding of March 27, 1961.

The NWS Location Identifier /NWSLI/ for this location is BLFI4.

In addition to the text information detailed above, graphical
depictions of river levels and forecasts are also available on our
website. This can be found under the "Rivers and Lakes" option on
the main NWS La Crosse web page at:

If you have any questions or comments on this new service, please

  Mike Welvaert, Service Hydrologist
  National Weather Service Forecast Office
  N2788 County Road FA
  La Crosse, WI 54601
  Phone: 608-784-8275 Ext. 493


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