Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham, AL
725 AM CDT Thu Aug 26 2010

To:   Subscribers
      -Family of Services
      -NOAA Weather Wire Service
      -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
      other NWS partners, users and employees

From: Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist-In-Charge
      National Weather Service Birmingham, AL

Subject: New flood inundation maps available on the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service web portal

Effective on or before Wednesday, September 30 2010, the National Weather Service (NWS) will be adding flood inundation maps to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction (AHPS) web portal.  These maps will provide information for a location in west central Alabama.

Flood inundation maps will be available for the following location:

  Oliver Lock and Dam in Tuscaloosa

The inundation maps provide information on the spatial extent and depth of flood waters in the vicinity of NWS river forecast locations.  Users will be able to display flood inundation maps for various levels ranging from minor flooding through the largest flood on record.  Flood inundation maps, combined with river observations
and NWS forecasts, enhance the communication of flood risk and provide users additional information needed to better mitigate the impacts of flooding and build more resilient communities.

Users can access these flood inundation maps and associated
geospatial data (shapefiles) through the AHPS web portal (use lower case):

  water.weather.gov/ahps/

A complete list of flood inundation map locations is online at (use lower case):

  water.weather.gov/ahps/inundation.php

A users guide for the flood inundation map web interface is
available at (use lower case):

 water.weather.gov/ahps2/inundation/inundation_mapping_user_guide.pdf

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

  Roger McNeil
  National Weather Service Birmingham, AL
  Service Hydrologist
  Phone: 205-664-3010
  E-mail: roger.mcneil@noaa.gov

 


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