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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
          level.

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:

http://fl.water.usgs.gov

To get the latest information on this and other river forecast
points in the Tallahassee area of responsibility, please visit our
website at:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tae

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
Love Building                               Love Building
Florida State University                    Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306                  Tallahassee, Florida
32306 850-942-8833ext 228                 850-942-8833



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