New Moderate and Major Flood Levels at the North Platte River at North Platte

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
1137 AM CST THU DEC 8 2011

TO:       FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA WEATHER
          WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS...EMERGENCY
          MANAGERS...WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK /EMWIN/
          SUBSCRIBERS...NOAAPORT SUBSCRIBERS...OTHER NATIONAL
          WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS...
          AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:     BRIAN HIRSCH
          METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE
          NORTH PLATTE NE

SUBJECT:  ADJUSTMENT OF MODERATE AND MAJOR FLOOD LEVELS FOR THE
          NORTH PLATTE RIVER AT NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA...EFFECTIVE
          DECEMBER 8 2011.

ON DECEMBER 8...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ WEATHER FORECAST
OFFICE /WFO/ IN NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA CHANGED THE MODERATE FLOOD
LEVEL TO 6.5 FEET AND THE MAJOR FLOOD LEVEL TO 7.0 FEET. THESE
LEVELS ARE BEING RAISED FROM THEIR PREVIOUS VALUES BASED ON USER
REQUESTS AND INFORMATION GATHERED DURING THE SPRING/SUMMER FLOOD OF
2011. THE FLOOD STAGE OF 6.0 FT WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE NEW MODERATE FLOOD LEVEL IS 6.5 FEET. AT 6.5 FEET...MODERATE AND
MORE WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF LOW LYING AND AGRICULTURAL LAND BEGINS
ALONG THE NORTH BANK OF THE NORTH PLATTE RIVER FROM HIGHWAY 83 TO
APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES WEST OF HIGHWAY 83 SOUTH OF NORTH RIVER ROAD.
WATER ENCROACHMENT INTO SOME RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY BEGINS ALONG AND
SOUTH OF NORTH RIVER ROAD. WATER ENCROACHMENT INTO LOW LYING AREAS
OF CODY PARK WORSENS.

THE NEW MAJOR FLOOD LEVEL IS 7.0 FEET. AT 7.0 FEET...MAJOR AND
WIDESPREAD FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE NORTH BANK OF THE NORTH PLATTE
RIVER FROM HIGHWAY 83 TO ABOUT 4 MILES WEST OF HIGHWAY 83 SOUTH OF
NORTH RIVER ROAD. WATER ENCROACHES INTO SOME RESIDENCES AND
OUTBUILDINGS IN THIS AREA WITH ACCESS TO PROPERTIES SIGNIFICANTLY
IMPAIRED. MAJOR AND WIDESPREAD FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE SOUTH BANK
FROM THE NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS RV CAMPGROUND SITE TO CODY PARK IN
NORTH PLATTE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK. IF YOU HAVE
ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS CHANGE...PLEASE CONTACT:

     BRIAN HIRSCH
     METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE
     NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE
     5250 E LEE BIRD DRIVE
     NORTH PLATTE NE 69101
     PHONE: 308-532-4936 EXT 642
     EMAIL: BRIAN.HIRSCH@NOAA.GOV

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NWS


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