Press Release 


The National Weather Service (NWS) will raise the flood stage for the Big Black River at West, Miss., February 24. The flood stage will be raised from 12 to 15 feet to better service the public and agricultural interests along the river . The Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) and the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Jackson currently provide daily five day river forecasts. In addition to daily river stage forecasts, the National Weather Service will continue to issue flood warning bulletins whenever the river is forecast to reach or exceed the new flood stage.

The United States Geological Survey in Jackson owns and operates the gaging site at West. Other river forecast services supported by the WFO Jackson and the LMRFC in the Big Black River drainage basin include river stage forecasts for Bentonia and Bovina.

The LMRFC prepares 216 daily river stage forecasts for the major rivers in the south-central part of the United States. Covering approximately 200,000 square miles, the forecast center’s area of responsibility includes most of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee – and portions of neighboring states.

WFO Jackson provides weather services for 58 counties/parishes in central Mississippi, northeastern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas. The WFO collects meteorological data, prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings; and, issues severe weather watches and warnings to the public. Additional information is available at http:// or . is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.