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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
1022 AM CST Fri Jan 1 2018

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From:    Ben Schott
         NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Louisiana

         Jason Johnson
         Chief, Hydrologic Services Branch
         NWS Southern Region Headquarters

Subject: Initiation of Hydrologic Services for the Amite River Basin
         at Magnolia, Louisiana
         Effective January 25, 2019

Effective Friday, January 25, 2019, at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time
(CST), 1700 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), The National Weather
Service forecast office at New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the
Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, both located in Slidell,
Louisiana, will provide five day river stage forecasts for the Amite
River at Magnolia, Louisiana.

Beginning in January 2019, the new service will help protect the lives
and property of people living along the river.  Flood categories for
this location are 47 feet for Action Stage; 48 feet for Minor Flood
Stage; 50 feet for Moderate Flood Stage; and 53 feet for Major Flood
Stage. These flood stages reflect input from the leaders in the parish,
along with first responders, and citizens.  The Record Flood at Magnolia
occurred on August 13, 2016, when the river reached 58.56 feet.

Under the Station Identification of MAGL1, forecast information will be
included in appropriate Flood Watches (FFA), Flood Warnings (FLW), and
Flood Statements (FLS).  In addition, forecasts will appear in the Daily
River and Lake Summary (RVD) and River Statement (RVS) products.

From January 25, 2019, forward, the display on the Advanced Hydrologic
Predication Services (AHPS) web page will include continuous
observations from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the
daily forecasts produced by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center
(LMRFC) at Slidell, Louisiana. Historic crests and other pertinent
river information will also be available for this location.

The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center provides forecasts and other
hydrologic information for the major river in the south-central part of
the United States. Covering approximately 200,000 square miles, the
forecast center`s area of responsibility includes the Lower Mississippi
River basin, the Atchafalaya River Basin, the Pontchartrain Basin, and
the Gulf of Mexico Drainage Basins.

If you have questions, you may contact:

Ben Schott
NWS WFO New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA


Suzanne Van Cooten, Ph.D
Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center

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