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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
1100 AM EDT Mon Mar 27 2017

TO: Subscribers: Emergency Management Officials, News
Media, and Other Users

SUBJECT: River Forecast Services for the Cuyahoga River in
      Independence Ohio will be modified effective June 1, 2017.

Effective Thursday June 1, 2017 the National Weather Service will
change the official flood stages at the Cuyahoga River official
forecast point in Independence Ohio. The minor, moderate, and
major flood stages will be changed from the current stages of
16.0, 17.0, 18.5 feet respectively to 17.0, 18.5, and 21.0 feet.

Minor flooding is defined as the point at which property is
inundated or a flooded roads cut off emergency access. Moderate
flooding is considered the stage at which numerous roads are
threatened or a few low lying properties become inundated. Major
flood stage is considered the point where flood waters cause major
property damage or extreme threat to life. Based on the impacts
associated with specific river stages, it is recommended that the
minor flood stage be raised to 17.0 feet, moderate flood stage to
18.5 feet, and the major flood stage to 21.0 feet.

It is necessary for the National Weather Service to periodically
update flood stages at river forecast points as changes, both
natural and manmade, occur over a watershed. These updates are
needed to ensure the best quality river forecasts and resulting
warnings to local communities. The NWS, Ohio River Forecast Center
(OHRFC), and Local and County Officials have supported the above

The data and forecasts for is site can be found at:

Additional river forecasts can be found at:

The data for these sites are provided by our partner the USGS.
Without this critical data forecasts and warnings would not be possible.
The USGS website is : HTTP://OH.WATER.USGS.GOV

For further information regarding this change please contact

Sarah Jamison
Senior Service Hydrologist
    National Weather Service
    Cleveland Ohio

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