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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 11:30 AM CDT on June 29, 2016

... New River forecast service starts today at Bluffton Iowa...

Beginning today, noaa's National Weather Service /NWS/ office in
La Crosse, WI will commence the provision of New River forecast
service for the upper Iowa river near Bluffton, Iowa. These
forecasts will be provided as needed when flooding becomes a concern.

The new service at this location is a direct result of active
coordination over the past several years with County and local
officials in Decorah and Winneshiek County. The new forecast service
will not only provide flooding forecasts for areas from Bluffton
downstream to near Decorah, but it will also assist recreational
interests in that area.

As of today, NWS La Crosse will begin to issue hydrologic products
as necessary that may include specific river forecasts. The
hydrologic products are listed in the following table:

Product type WMO header product identifier

Hydrologic outlook fgus73 karx mkeesfarx
Flood Watch wgus63 karx mkeffaarx
Flood Warning wgus43 karx mkeflwarx
flood statement wgus83 karx mkeflsarx
hydrologic statement fgus83 karx mkervsarx
river summary srus43 karx mkervaarx

An explicit list of affected products and Sample products are posted
at: products.Weather.Gov/viewlist.Php

The NWS defines flood stage as the river level at which impacts to
life and/or property begin.

At Bluffton, the flood stage has been set at 14 feet. The moderate
flood level has been established at 16 feet, with major flooding
beginning at 18 feet. Forecasts will be issued when water levels
are expected to exceed 11 feet, and flood warnings will be issued
when water levels are expected to reach or exceed the flood stage
level of 14 feet.

Since the automated equipment was installed in October of 1999, the
highest water level seen has been 15.49 feet on June 9th, 2008.
However, historic records indicate a higher crest of 18.3 feet
during the Spring flooding of March 27, 1961.

The NWS location identifier /nwsli/ for this location is blfi4.

In addition to the text information detailed above, graphical
depictions of river levels and forecasts are also available on our
website. This can be found under the "rivers and lakes" option on
the main NWS La Crosse web Page at: www.Weather.Gov/LaCrosse

If you have any questions or comments on this new service, please

mike welvaert, service hydrologist
National Weather Service forecast office
n2788 County Road fa
La Crosse, WI 54601
phone: 608-784-8275 ext. 493
E-mail: mike.Welvaert@noaa.Gov

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