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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
917 AM EDT FRI JUL 6 2018

TO:       SUBSCRIBERS: 
          -FAMILY OF SERVICES 
          -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE 
          -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK 
          OTHER NWS PARTNERS, USERS, AND EMPLOYEES 

FROM:     DOUGLAS A. BUTTS, JR.
          METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE 
          WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE, BINGHAMTON NY

SUBJECT:  PLANNED CHANGES IN FLOOD CATEGORIES FOR STREAM GAGE
          AT MATAMORAS/PORT JERVIS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER (MTMP1)

EFFECTIVE AT 1200 COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME ON AUGUST 6, 2018, 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INTENDS TO CHANGE THE MODERATE AND 
MAJOR FLOOD CATEGORY STAGES FOR THE STREAM GAGE AT MATAMORAS/PORT 
JERVIS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER.

BECAUSE OF THIS CHANGE, STARTING ON MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2018, FLOOD 
WARNINGS AND FLOOD STATEMENTS WILL REFERENCE THE NEW CATEGORY LEVELS.
THIS CHANGE IS PART OF A RECENT RE-EVALUATION OF THE FLOODPLAIN 
WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY, AND FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS. THESE 
CHANGES WILL PUT FUTURE FLOODING IN A MORE HISTORICALLY APPROPRIATE
CONTEXT ACCORDING TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLOOD DEFINITIONS.

THE NEW FLOOD CATEGORIES WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

 1. MODERATE FLOOD STAGE BECOMES 20.0 FEET ABOVE GAGE ZERO. THE 
PREVIOUS MODERATE FLOOD STAGE WAS 24.0 FEET ABOVE GAGE ZERO.

 2. MAJOR FLOOD STAGE BECOMES 21.5 FEET ABOVE GAGE ZERO. THE 
PREVIOUS MAJOR FLOOD STAGE WAS 27.0 FEET ABOVE GAGE ZERO.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK. IF YOU 
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS CHANGE, PLEASE CONTACT:

DOUGLAS A. BUTTS, JR.
METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE
32 DAWES DRIVE
JOHNSON CITY, NY 13790
PHONE: 607-770-9531 EXT.222
E-MAIL: DOUGLAS.BUTTS@NOAA.GOV

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