NEW RIVER FORECASTS FOR LOOSAHATCHIE RIVER
The National Weather Service (NWS) will start providing daily river stage forecasts and flood warning services for the Loosahatchie River on October 21st, 2003. The forecasts will be for the river gauge located near Arlington TN in northeast Shelby county. These forecasts will give residents and Emergency Managers advance warning of impending floods along the Loosahatchie River.
“This new forecast service will help us with monitoring the Loosahatchie River conditions in northern Shelby County and give us more time to take any emergency precautions” said Joe Lowry, the Planning Officer at the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency.
“The new forecasts will also benefit the residents and farmers near the river”, he added.
The flood stage for this gauging site is set at 20.0 feet (266.43 feet msl). Flood warnings will be issued by the National Weather Service when the river reaches, or is forecast to reach 20.0 feet. The gauge is operated and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.
This is a joint effort from two National Weather Service offices - the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, LA and the Weather Forecast Office in Memphis, TN. The River Forecast Center (RFC) prepares forecasts for major rivers in the south-central part of the U.S. covering approximately 200,000 square miles. The NWS RFC area of responsibility includes most of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee - and parts of neighboring states. The Memphis forecast office provides all the weather services for 56 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee, northeast Arkansas, and the boot heel of Missouri. Additional information is available at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/meg and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc.