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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL  
1220 PM EDT MON OCT 22 2018  
 
TO: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, NEWS MEDIA, AND OTHER USERS.  
 
EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN  
TALLAHASSEE WILL MODIFY THE FLOOD STAGE LEVELS FOR THE OCHLOCKONEE  
RIVER NEAR THOMASVILLE [US-84] (TMLG1) TO BETTER REFLECT IMPACTS  
FROM FLOODING ALONG THIS PORTION OF THE RIVER.  
 
THESE NEW FLOOD LEVELS ARE:  
 
ACTION STAGE 9 FEET(UNCHANGED)  
MINOR FLOOD STAGE 15 FEET(UNCHANGED)  
MODERATE FLOOD STAGE 22 FEET(UP 2 FEET)  
MAJOR FLOOD STAGE 25 FEET(DOWN 4.1 FEET)  
 
THIS LOCATION IS A FLOOD ONLY FORECAST POINT, WHICH MEANS FORECASTS  
ARE ISSUED FOR THIS LOCATION WHENEVER THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE  
ABOVE ACTION STAGE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE DAYS. THESE FORECASTS ARE  
ISSUED BY THE SOUTHEAST RIVER FORECAST CENTER IN PEACHTREE CITY,  
GEORGIA. RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER  
SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE WHENEVER THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED  
FLOOD STAGE.  
 
THESE UPDATED FLOOD STAGES WERE A DIRECT RESULT OF ANALYSIS OF THE  
2009 FLOOD IN THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER BASIN, REVIEW OF GEORGIA  
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY ELEVATION DATA, AND FEEDBACK  
FROM THE THOMAS AND GRADY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES.  
 
A SET OF STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED THAT COMMUNICATE IMPACTS  
ALONG THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER NEAR THOMASVILLE AT SPECIFIC STAGE  
READINGS. THESE ARE:  
 
31 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, WATER OVERTOPS THE US-84 BRIDGE. THE  
SOUTHBOUND APPROACH TO THE GA-3 BRIDGE FLOODS AT THIS LEVEL.  
30 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, WATER OVERTOPS THE US-19 BRIDGE.  
29 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, WATER REACHES THE ROAD SURFACE OF US-19 ON  
THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIVER. IN GRADY COUNTY, THE GA-93 BRIDGE IS  
OVERTOPPED AT THIS LEVEL.  
28 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, US-84 IS FLOODED ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE  
BRIDGE AND THE WATER SURFACE IS NEAR THE ROAD SURFACE OF THE BRIDGE.  
WATER REACHES THE BASE OF THE GA-3 BRIDGE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE  
RIVER. THE GA-202 BRIDGE IS OVERTOPPED AT THIS LEVEL.  
27 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, WATER BEGINS TO FLOOD THE GA-202 BRIDGE  
SOUTH OF LAKE RIVERSIDE. WATER BEGINS TO FLOOD THE MEDIAN OF US-84  
NEAR THE RIVER AND APPROACH THE ROAD SURFACE OF THE HIGHWAY. IN  
GRADY COUNTY, WATER REACHES THE ROAD SURFACE OF GA-93.  
26 FT - WATER REACHES THE BASE OF THE US 19 BRIDGE IN THOMAS COUNTY.  
THE ROAD IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE ABOVE THIS LEVEL.  
25 FT - IN THOMAS COUNTY, WATER REACHES THE BASE OF THE US-84 BRIDGE  
AND THE GA-202 BRIDGE NEAR LAKE RIVERSIDE. THESE ROADS ARE SUBJECT  
TO CLOSURE ABOVE THIS LEVEL. WATER ENTERS HOMES AT THE END OF  
FLAMINGO ROAD. IN GRADY COUNTY, WATER WILL RISE TO THE BASE OF GA-93  
AND HADLEY FERRY BRIDGES. THESE ROADS ARE SUBJECT TO CLOSURE ABOVE  
THIS LEVEL.  
24.5 FT - WATER WILL BEGIN TO FLOOD THE APPROACHES TO  
THE GA-202 BRIDGE NEAR LAKE RIVERSIDE.  
23 FT - WATER BEGINS TO APPROACH HOMES AT THE END OF FLAMINGO ROAD  
IN THOMAS COUNTY. IN GRADY COUNTY, SEVERAL STRUCTURES AT DICKEY  
FERRY NOT ELEVATED EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING.  
22 FT - IN GRADY COUNTY, LEWIS LANE NEAR THE RIVER IS COMPLETELY  
INACCESSIBLE. HOMES EAST OF GA-93 NEAR THE RIVER HAVE WATER IN THE  
BACKYARD. AT DICKEY FERRY, WATER FLOODS STRUCTURES NOT ELEVATED NEAR  
THE RIVER.  
21 FT - EGG AND BUTTER ROAD NORTH IN THOMAS COUNTY BEGINS TO FLOOD  
ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF DUSTY TRAIL.  
18 FT - ACCESS TO STRUCTURES AT THE END OF LEWIS LANE IN GRADY  
COUNTY BECOMES RESTRICTED ABOVE THIS LEVEL. AT DICKEY FERRY, WATER  
BEGINS TO APPROACH HOMES NEAR THE RIVER.  
15 FT - MULTIPLE ACCESS ROADS TO BOAT RAMPS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN ARE  
FLOODED. WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF WOODED BOTTOMLAND AND ADJACENT  
FARMLAND OCCURS.  
12 FT - WATER OVERFLOWS INTO WOODED BOTTOMLANDS ALONG THE RIVER.  
WATER APPROACHES THE TOP OF THE BOAT RAMP SOUTH OF US-19 IN THOMAS  
COUNTY.  
9 FT - WATER FLOODS THE BOAT RAMP BENEATH SR-93 IN GRADY COUNTY.  
 
THE DATA FOR THIS FORECAST POINT IS PROVIDED THROUGH OUR PARTNER,  
THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. WITHOUT THIS CRITICAL DATA, FORECASTS AND  
WARNINGS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE AT THIS LOCATION. YOU CAN LEARN MORE  
ABOUT THIS AND OTHER STREAM GAGES IN GEORGIA BY VISITING:  
 
HTTP://GA.WATER.USGS.GOV  
 
TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS AND OTHER RIVER FORECAST  
POINTS IN THE TALLAHASSEE AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY, PLEASE VISIT OUR  
WEBSITE AT:  
 
HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=TAE  
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CHANGE, PLEASE CONTACT:  
 
KELLY G GODSEY TOM JOHNSTONE  
SENIOR SERVICE HYDROLOGIST METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE  
NWS TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA NWS TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA  
LOVE BUILDING LOVE BUILDING  
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY  
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32306 TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA  
32306 850-942-8833 EXT 228 850-942-8833 EXT  
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