High Water Forecasts to be Issued for Cosperville on the Elkhart River

On Monday, July 1 2013, the National Weather Service will adjust the flood stage on the North Branch of the Elkhart River near Cosperville.  Forecast service will also be initiated at this location during times of high water.  The NWS identifier for this location is CPEI3.

After consultation with local officials, it was deemed the existing flood stages associated with the river gauge on the North Branch of the Elkhart River near Cosperville were not representative of flooding impacts to local residents.  Flooding was occurring at lower river stages than the current levels indicate. Therefore, all flood stages at this location will be lowered two feet. Flood stage will now be at 6 feet, moderate flood stage will be at 7 feet and major flood stage will be 8 feet.

Also beginning on July 1, the National Weather Service will begin issuing river forecasts for the North Branch of the Elkhart River near Cosperville.  These forecasts will be issued during times when river levels at the Cosperville river gauge are at or above 5 feet.  Warnings will also be issued for this location on an as needed basis.

Specific products affected include:

Product Type WMO Header Product Identifier
flood watch  -  ffa WGUS63 KIWX
INDFFAIWX
flood warning - flw WGUS43 KIWX INDFLWIWX
flood statement  - fls WGUS83 KIWX IINDFLSIWX
river statement  - rvs FGUS83 KIWX INDRVSIWX
hydrologic outlook - esf FGUS73 KIWX INDESFIWX

River observations, forecasts and warnings can be found on the internet at the following website:

http://www.weather.gov/iwx

then click on the "Rivers and Lakes" Tab.

If you have any questions or comments on this change, please contact

Mike Rehbein
Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service
7506 E 850 N
Syracuse, IN 46567

Phone: 574-834-1104 ext. 493
email: michael.rehbein@noaa.gov

This and other NWS service change notices are available online at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm



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