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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Duluth MN
300 PM CDT Tue Aug 13 2019

To:     Subscribers:
     -NOAA Weather Wire Service
     -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
         Other NWS partners and employees

From:    Steve Gohde
         Observing Program Leader
         WFO Duluth, MN

Subject:  Service Change Notice -- change in flood stage for
Mississippi River at Fort Ripley (FTRM5)

Effective Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 8:00 AM Central
Daylight Time (CDT), or 1300 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), NWS
Duluth Minnesota will change the flood stage for the Mississippi
River at Fort Ripley gage (FTRM5).  The current Minor Flood Stage of
10.0 feet will be raised to 10.5 feet.

The National Weather Service, in coordination with state and local
government officials, has concluded that the old Flood Stage of 10
feet was no longer effectively conveying the threat of flooding to
the community in this area.  Flood Stage is defined as the river
level that begins to impact life and/or property.  River flood
warnings will be issued when river levels are forecast to reach
flood stage at any official National Weather Service river forecast

The levels for Action Stage (9.0 feet), Moderate Flood Stage (12.5
feet) and Major Flood Stage (26.0 feet) remain unchanged.

Forecasts for this location are issued when river levels are
expected to reach at least Action Stage, and can be viewed
graphically online via the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction
Services (AHPS) web page, at

The National Weather Service welcomes public feedback.  If you have
any questions or comments on this change, please contact:

Steve Gohde
Observing Program Leader
National Weather Service
Duluth Weather Forecast Office
5027 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811-1422
Phone: 218-729-6697

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