OFFICIAL FLOOD STAGES FOR THE RIVER RAISIN NEAR TECUMSEH AND ADRIAN TO BE RAISED

ON MONDAY MARCH 3RD, 2003, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL OFFICIALLY RAISE THE FLOOD STAGES FOR WHICH IT WILL ISSUE FLOOD WARNINGS FOR THE RIVER RAISIN NEAR TECUMSEH AND ADRIAN. THE FLOOD STAGE FOR THE RIVER RAISIN NEAR TECUMSEH WILL BE RAISED FROM 11 FEET TO 13 FEET, AND FROM 13 FEET TO 18 FEET NEAR ADRIAN. THE FLOOD STAGES DOWNSTREAM AT BLISSFIELD, DUNDEE AND MONROE WILL REMAIN THE SAME.

FLOOD STAGES ARE DETERMINED BY LOCAL AND COUNTY OFFICIALS WITH GUIDANCE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. FLOOD STAGE IS USUALLY DEFINED AS THE STAGE THE RIVER NEEDS TO REACH IN ORDER TO BEGIN AFFECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BEGIN ISSUING FLOOD WARNINGS WHEN HYDROLOGIC MODELS INDICATE THE RIVER WILL REACH OR EXCEED FLOOD STAGE.

RECENT FIELD SURVEYS INDICATE THAT THE CURRENT FLOOD STAGES ALONG THIS REACH OF THE RAISIN RIVER ARE NO LONGER REPRESENTATIVE. THE NEW FLOOD STAGE OF 13 FEET NEAR TECUMSEH MEANS THE RIVER WOULD BEGIN TO AFFECT RAISIN CENTER HIGHWAY. THE NEW FLOOD STAGE OF 18 FEET NEAR ADRIAN MEANS THE RIVER WOULD BEGIN TO AFFECT ACADEMY ROAD. RIVER LEVELS FROM THE OLD FLOOD STAGES TO JUST UNDER THE NEW ONES WOULD RESULT IN WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF SOME AGRICULTURAL LANDS AND WOODS ALONG THE RIVER, HOWEVER, NO ROADS OR STRUCTURES WOULD BE AFFECTED.

FOR QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT HYDROLOGIST DANNY COSTELLO AT 248-625-3309, X493.


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