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000 NOUS41 KBOX 121820 PNSBOX MAZ005>007-014-131830- 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:, via the option "Rivers and Lakes" and also via the web site 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 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: $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at You can follow us on Facebook at You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.