High Water Mark Sign Unveiling Ceremony in Wetumpka

Elmore County – In conjunction with Flood Safety Awareness Week, the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO), Birmingham, along with the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency & Homeland Security (EMA/HS) Office, is hosting a High Water Mark Sign Unveiling Ceremony, March 18, 2013, at 1pm, in downtown Wetumpka. The unveiling will take place at the sign posted on Orline Street, next to the Old Calaboose Jail, along the river walk (Lat: 32.53827°N, Long: 86.20572°W). Officials with the Elmore County Commission and City of Wetumpka are also expected to participate in the ceremony.
 
The High Water Mark Sign commemorates the highest flood level reached on the Coosa River at Wetumpka, Alabama, during the official NWS period of record which dates back to 1890. The highest flood level recorded at Wetumpka during this period occurred on April 8, 1938, when the Coosa River rose to the  level of 57 feet, 11 inches, a total of 12 feet, 11 inches above flood stage, after a period of heavy rainfall over the Coosa River Basin.
 
According to the National Weather Service, the High Water Mark Sign Project began in 2006 as a way the NWS, partnering with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), could raise awareness about flood risk by installing signs in prominent locations within communities that have experienced severe flooding.
 
Flood Safety Awareness Week, 18-22 March, 2013, is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. Visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety for more information.
 
For more information on the High Water Mark Sign Project or flood hazards in Elmore County, feel free to contact Elmore County Emergency Management Agency at 334-567-6451.  

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