Contacts: George Mathews, MIC  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
  (423) 586-8400                       March 10, 2014   
  Suzanne Van Cooten, HIC  
  (985) 641-4343  

National Weather Service to Provide New River Forecast Services at Copperhill, Tennessee

The National Weather Service forecast office in Morristown, Tennessee  and the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) in Slidell, Louisiana will now provide Flood-Only River Stage Forecast Services for the Ocoee River at Copperhill, TN.  

Beginning on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the new service will help protect the lives and property of people living along the river near Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA.  Flood stage at this location is set at 8 feet.  The river gage site is owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“The addition of Copperhill to our river forecast responsibilities will provide enhanced flood warning services for residents along the Ocoee River,” said George Mathews, meteorologist-in-charge of the Morristown office.  

The Morristown forecast office provides all weather services for 40 counties in its warning area. The office collects meteorological data; prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings; and issues severe weather watches and warnings to the public.

The LMRFC prepares river stage forecasts for more than 200 locations along major rivers in the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys of the United States.  Covering approximately 210,000 square miles, the center’s vast area of responsibility includes east Tennessee. Their forecasts are forwarded to National Weather Service forecast offices throughout its service area for dissemination to the public.

“This new forecast service at Copperhill, Tennessee is an invaluable tool,” said Suzanne Van Cooten, hydrologist-in-charge of the LMRFC. “The river stage forecasts help us meet the National Weather Service mission of protecting life and property for the citizens in the Copperhill area.”

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