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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
819 AM EDT THU JUL 10 2014

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FORECAST AND
WARNING SERVICES ALONG THE POTOMAC RIVER STARTING AUGUST 12TH...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RIVER CONDITIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ALONG
THE POTOMAC RIVER BEGINNING AUGUST 12TH 2014 AS NEW RIVER FORECAST
AND WARNING SERVICES ARE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EDWARDS FERRY MARYLAND
AND ADJACENT AREAS IN MONTGOMERY AND LOUDOUN COUNTIES.

THE EDWARDS FERRY FORECASTS AND WARNINGS WILL BE IN ADDITION TO
SIMILAR SERVICES ALREADY PROVIDED UPSTREAM AT POINT OF ROCKS AND
DOWNSTREAM AT LITTLE FALLS. HOWEVER...FLOODING OCCURS MORE
FREQUENTLY NEAR EDWARDS FERRY THAN AT THE OTHER TWO LOCATIONS...
MAKING A SEPARATE FORECAST LOCATION IMPORTANT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND
MOVEMENT OF ASSETS AWAY FROM THE RIVER.

FORECAST GUIDANCE AT EDWARDS FERRY WILL BE PROVIDED DAILY BY THE
MIDDLE ATLANTIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER...AND FORECASTS WILL BE
UPDATED MORE FREQUENTLY WHEN FLOODING THREATENS.

FLOOD STAGE HAS BEEN SET AT 15 FEET. AT THIS LEVEL...AREAS NEAR
WHITES FERRY AND EDWARDS FERRY BEGIN TO FLOOD...AND RECREATIONAL
INTERESTS ALONG THE C AND O CANAL TOWPATH SHOULD MOVE AWAY FROM THE
RIVER. WHEN THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO EXCEED 15 FEET...A FLOOD
WARNING WILL BE ISSUED FOR A PORTION OF MONTGOMERY AND LOUDOUN
COUNTIES /ALTHOUGH IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT LOUDOUN COUNTY IS
GENERALLY NOT AFFECTED UNTIL THE RIVER IS AT HIGHER LEVELS...CLOSER
TO 20 FEET/.

WITH THE NEW FORECAST LOCATION AT EDWARDS FERRY...THE NWS BALTIMORE/
WASHINGTON FORECAST OFFICE WILL PROVIDE DAILY ROUTINE RIVER FORECAST
AND WARNING SERVICES AT 32 DISTINCT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA...MARYLAND...VIRGINIA...AND WEST VIRGINIA...WITH HIGH
WATER FORECASTS AVAILABLE AT ANOTHER FOUR LOCATIONS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NEW SERVICE CONTACT:
JASON ELLIOTT
SENIOR SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
NWS BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON
JASON.ELLIOTT@NOAA.GOV
703-996-2234

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