Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
330 PM EST SAT JAN 7 2017
To: Emergency management officials, news media, and other users.
Effective Wednesday, February 8, 2017 the National Weather Service
in Tallahassee will modify the flood stage levels for the
Choctawhatchee River at Caryville [US-90] (CARF1) to better reflect
impacts from flooding along this portion of the river.
These new flood levels are:
Action Stage 10 feet (unchanged)
Minor Flood Stage 14 feet (up 2 feet)
Moderate Flood Stage 16 feet (unchanged)
Major Flood Stage 20 feet (down 7 feet)
This location is a routine forecast point, which means forecasts are
issued for this location year round by the Southeast River Forecast
Center in Peachtree City, Georgia. River flood warnings are issued
by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee whenever the river is
expected to exceed flood stage.
These updated flood stages were a direct result of analysis of
several significant floods in the 1990s, review of Florida
Department of Transportation highway elevation data, and feedback
from the Washington and Holmes County Emergency Management Agencies.
As a result of these adjustments, the 1990, 1994, and 1929 floods
will all be classified as major floods.
A set of statements have been developed that communicate impacts
along the Choctawhatchee River at Caryville at specific stage
readings. These are:
30 feet - Water reaches the road surface of Interstate 10 between
Exit 104 and the Choctawhatchee River Bridge in Washington
County. The interstate is subject to closure at this level.
27 feet - All areas in Westville east of CR 179A and west of CR 179
in Caryville flood. The water will be several feet deep
in some areas.
24 feet - Water reaches Palmer Drive in Caryville, flooding several
residences. Water begins to flood structures in Westville
near Ritter Road and CR 179A.
23 feet - US 90 is flooded up to a foot deep east of the
Choctawhatchee River bridge in Caryville. Water also reaches
the base of the US 90 bridge and the highway is subject to
closure at this level.
21 feet - The access ramps to Interstate 10 at CR 279 begin to flood
at this level.
20 feet - Water begins to flood US 90 about one half mile east of
the bridge in Washington County. Water will cover
portions of the railroad.
18 feet - Water begins to flood areas along CR 279 in Washington
County north of Interstate 10. Several structures along
the highway south of US-90 begin to flood.
17 feet - Water reaches CR 179 in Holmes County near the
intersection with Boat Ramp Rd.
16 feet - Highway 279 south of Interstate 10 begins to flood in
Washington County. Rural roads in the area will also flood.
15 feet - In Holmes County, Water begins to flood areas off Buck
Rodgers Road east of CR-179A in Holmes County. Access to
several of the fish camps become inaccessible above this
14 feet - In Holmes County, Boat Ramp Road south of CR-179 will
flood. Access into several of the fish camps off Boat
Ramp Road may become inaccessible above this level.
The data for this forecast point is provided through our partner,
the US Geological Survey. Without this critical data, forecasts and
warnings would not be possible at this location. You can learn more
about this and other stream gages in Florida by visiting:
To get the latest information on this and other river forecast
points in the Tallahassee area of responsibility, please visit our
For further information regarding this change, please contact:
Kelly G Godsey Jane A Hollingsworth
Senior Service Hydrologist Meteorologist in Charge
NWS Tallahassee Florida NWS Tallahassee Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida 32306 Tallahassee, Florida
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