National Weather Service to lower Delaware flood levels

The river at Matamoras doesn't have to rise as high to qualify as a flood


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





— Starting at noon on Aug. 6, the National Weather Service will change the moderate and major flood category stages on the Delaware, for the stream gauge at Matamoras/Port Jervis.

Douglas Butts Jr., meteorologist-in-charge at the Weather Forecast Office in Binghamton, N.Y., said flood warnings and other statements on water levels will reference the new category levels, which have been lowered by several feet.

This change is part of a recent re-evaluation of the floodplain by local emergency, and floodplain management officials, he said. 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:

Moderate flood stage becomes 20 feet above gauge zero. The previous moderate flood stage was 24 feet above gauge zero.

Major flood stage becomes 21.5 feet above gauge zero. The Previous major flood stage was 27 feet above gauge zero.

The National Weather Service welcomes public feedback. Contact Butts with questions or comments on this change at 607-770-9531 ext. 222 or douglas.Butts@noaa.Gov.

Related stories:"Outfitters ponder a future of reduced river flows": https://bit.ly/2gB5aBj

"Read the river before you launch": https://bit.ly/2LDd9Ph



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

5 ways to find your workout motivation
Health and fitness is top of mind for people setting resolutions for a healthy new year. Yet many who embark on fitness resolutions struggle to stick with their new habit, and as...
Read more »
Image

Artists celebrate the four seasons
— The four seasons have inspired the music of Vivaldi, the artwork of Van Gogh, and the poetry of Shakespeare. For some of us, the...
Read more »
Image

John Beardman exhibit now at Chant Realtors
— Artist John Beardman's latest work "About Faces" is now on display at the office of Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East...
Read more »
Image

Search for Eagles report, Feb. 10
This season’s third Brandwein Institute Search for Eagles took place in the Delaware Valley on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The temperature at the start was...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Letters to the Editor
Search for Eagles report, Feb. 10
  • Feb 15, 2019
Entertainment
John Beardman exhibit now at Chant Realtors
  • Feb 15, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA