Area River Levels & Flood Stages Wed Apr 9 Morning Update

Wednesday Morning Apr 9 Update -

Rainfall totals since Friday Apr 4 ranged from 3.0 to 6 plus inches for most of the area...
As a result area streams / rivers have risen - rapidly in some cases...
Here are the LATEST river / stream FORECAST levels in the WTVY-TV viewing area...

Flooding in Newton, Alabama Monday April 7 covered this road. Water levels that reach the bottom of a vehicle's body can "float" the vehicle and carry it away. Also, if you cannot see the road surface, it's possible the flood waters may have washed that part of the road away, and the water may be deeper than you think. DON'T drive over water covered roads...the safety warning is, "TURN AROUND..DON'T DROWN".(photo courtesy: Christopher Morrison)

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Latest information as of 1:00 am edt Wednesday Apr 9 -

For the WTVY-TV coverage area -

IMPORTANT - river crest forecasts are often revised, so these forecast river levels have a good chance of changing...

R = river.. C = creek.. FS = flood stage... FL = forecast level...

The following are ABOVE or forecast to rise ABOVE Flood Stage:

Pea R Ariton..(Ala).. FS 14'.. FL 17.7' - Cresting currently
Choctawhatchee R Newton (Ala).. FS 19'.. FL 26.5- Wed Apr 9
Choctawhatchee R Caryville (Fla).. FS 12'.. FL 14.8' - Fri Apr 11
Choctawhatchee R Bruce/Ebro (Fla).. FS 13'.. FL 16.1' - Sun Apr 13
Apalachicola R Blountstown (Fla).. FS 15'.. FL 21.9' - Sat Apr 12
Spring C Iron City (Ga).. FS 16'.. FL 16.3' - Thu Apr 10
Flint R Bainbridge (Ga).. FS 25'.. FL 26.4' - Fri Apr 11

The following are BELOW or forecast to stay BELOW Flood Stage:

Pea R Elba (Ala).. FS 30'.. FL 22.7' - Falling
Shoal R Crestview (Fla).. FS 8'.. FL 7.7' - Wed Apr 9
Shoal R Mossy Head (Fla).. FS 14'.. FL 11.7' - Falling
Choctawhatchee R Geneva (Ala).. FS 23'.. FL 21.1' - Wed Apr 9
Chipola R Marianna (Fla)..FS 19'.. FL 16.3' - Fri Apr 11
Chipola R Altha (Fla).. FS 22'.. FL 21' - Wed Apr 9
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REMEMBER - please stay informed if you live or are near any rivers or creeks.

When FLOODING is a threat -

Protect yourself and your loved ones first - belongings and property second. Have a plan of action should water rise close to you.

Keep an eye on your children and pets and prevent them from approaching any stream - the water is fast, powerful and easily could sweep them away.

DON'T drive on roadways where you cannot see the road...the road may be washed out or the water deep enough (often less than a foot of water may be enough to float your vehicle away).

Please PAY UTMOST ATTENTION to specific flood warnings for your area, and if you are affected, please don't wait until the last minute to leave.
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Please note the following when looking at river / creek levels and forecasts-

1) River levels may fluctuate in the short term. When a river is rising, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the river forecasts...

2) River level forecasts are constantly changing because recent rain is added to the computer forecast model AND short term future forecast rains are included - BUT they are just that - FORECASTS, NOT ACTUAL RAINFALL...therefore, the river forecasts are updated every few hours to reflect ongoing changes...

3) Just because a river has crested does NOT mean it will start dropping immediately - the river may remain steady for hours, possibly days or fall very slowly.
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Oscar Fann WTVY - TV meteorologist
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•Outlook for Wed Apr 9 thru Sun Apr 13...

A rain free forecast exists through Sunday Apr 13...
Next rain possibly later in the day Monday Apr 14…more likely Tuesday Apr 15

For specific crest levels and timing of these crests, please consult
the NWS website at

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tae


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