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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
220 PM EDT TUE JUL 12 2016

Service Change Notice

To: Subscribers

-Family of Services
-NOAA Weather Wire Service
-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
-Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees

From: Robert M. Thompson, Meteorologist-In-Charge
Weather Forecast Office Taunton MA

Subject: New River Forecast and Flood Warning Services for Stream
Gage at Andover on the Shawsheen River

Effective at 1600 Coordinated Universal Time (12 Noon EDT) on
Tuesday August 16 2016, The National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Taunton MA, in collaboration with the Northeast River
Forecast Center, announces that Shawsheen River at Andover
Massachusetts will become a River Forecast Point.

The Shawsheen River at Andover gage is physically located off of
Balmoral Street. Currently, observed stage data are the only data
available for the Shawsheen River at Andover. Beginning August 16,
the National Weather Service will issue River Stage Forecasts for
the Shawsheen River at Andover once daily during normal and low
flow conditions, and more frequently as conditions warrant during
high water or flood conditions.

These forecasts will be included in the Daily River and Lake
Summary text product (BOSRVDBOX) produced by the National Weather
Service in Taunton MA by 12 PM Daily. In addition, forecast
hydrographs for the Shawsheen River at Andover will be available
on the NWS Taunton web page at: http://weather.gov/Boston, via the
option "Rivers and Lakes" and also via the web site
http://water.weather.gov.

Providing river stage forecasts, and Flood Warnings as necessary,
for the lower Shawsheen River will contribute to the National
Weather Service mission, to provide weather and water services to
protect lives and property.

The lower Shawsheen River is not only prone to flooding due to
rainfall and snowmelt within its watershed, but also vulnerable to
backwater flooding from the Merrimack River. Because of this
potential, those with interests along the Shawsheen River in
Lawrence, Andover and North Andover should also monitor the
Merrimack River at Lawrence Forecast Point.

Real-time data for the Merrimack River at Lawrence are routinely
available at http://water.weather.gov. High water river stage
forecasts are provided at this location when the Merrimack River
is expected to approach or exceed Action Stage.

Please direct any questions or comments on this change to:

Nicole M. Belk
Senior Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service Forecast Office
445 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton, MA 02780
E-mail: Nicole.Belk@noaa.gov

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