Press Release 

New River Forecasts for Duck River at Centerville

The National Weather Service in Nashville will begin providing daily river forecasts and river flood warnings for the Duck River at Centerville in Hickman County, TN. beginning December 15, 2003. Forecasts and warnings will be for the reach of the river represented by a stream gauge located on the Hwy 100 / 48 Bridge in Centerville. The stream gauge is owned and operated by the U. S. Geological Survey. This service is intended to provide emergency managers and the public with advanced warning of impending floods.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Murphy and Hickman County EMA Director Terry Cloud, worked together to initiate this service for the people of Centerville and Hickman County. River forecasts and flood warnings will aid Centerville residents, businesses, and area farmers in protecting life and property.

Flood stage has been set at 17.0 feet. Therefore, when water levels are observed or forecast to be 17.0 feet or higher, a flood warning will be issued by the National Weather Service. Flood warnings will be disseminated over NOAA Weather Radio, through the local media, and through the Hickman County Emergency Communication District 9-1-1 Center.

Providing river forecasts and flood warnings will take a joint effort from two National Weather Service Offices and the U.S. Geological Survey. The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, LA. will run a hydrologic model simulating flow on the Duck River at Centerville. With guidance from the River Forecast Center, the Weather Service Forecast Office in Nashville will issue the appropriate river forecasts and/or flood warnings. The Nashville Office of the U.S. Geological Survey will operate and maintain the stream gauge located on the Hwy 100/48 Bridge in Centerville. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.