CPYR Watershed Authority
West Fork of Choctawhatchee River  
CPYR Watershed Authority

Basin-Wide Flood Warning System

       Floods or potential flood conditions that have occurred during the past decade escalated the need for modern enhancements to provide

forewarnings    of threatening    flood conditions    to communities which could be subject to flooding conditions during periods of    heavy    inclement weather.      The     overall purpose   of   the   Flood Warning System (FWS) in southeast   Alabama  is  to provide   timely,

reliable,   and   accurate   warnings   to   persons   residing   along   the Choctawhatchee,   Pea   and   Yellow   Rivers.

       The FWS was a cooperative effort by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority. It was designed and installed by the Corps of Engineers in 1993. It is the responsibility of the Watershed Management Authority to operate and maintain all components of the system to ensure that it is fully capable of identifying and forecasting potential flood conditions.
       The system covers the largest area in the State of Alabama and is the first basin-wide flood warning system installed in the state. It consists of eighteen gauging sites along or near rivers or streams in the previously mentioned river basins. These gauges electronically monitor, individually or in combination, rainfall, stream levels or depths, or stream flow in cubic feet per second. Base computers located in New Brockton, Elba, and Geneva, Alabama receive data from the field gauges and provide this information to the base operators. Data can be disseminated real time to local Emergency Management Agencies, local officials, and the National Weather Service (NWS). It is also used to make forecasts of stream levels.
       The home base of the system is located in the Coffee County Emergency Management office in New Brockton, Alabama. The Coffee County Emergency Management Agency also provides some of the funding for the operation and maintenance of the system. During periods of heavy weather which could pose a threat of possible flood conditions, the Flood Warning System Specialist, Don L. Hyde, monitors the system constantly and distributes data to the NWS, local EMA offices, as well as, other agencies requiring said data. The information is disseminated by telephone or by radio communications provided by the EMA network.
       The Flood Warning System Specialist issues no warnings. The NWS has the formal and legal authority to monitor potential flood threats and to issue formal flood warnings in these river systems. The NWS and the respective EMA offices issue all warnings and bulletins.

Contact Information

Mr. Don L. Hyde
c/o Coffee County Emergency Management Agency
No. 8 County Complex
New Brockton, AL 36351
(334) 894-6705
(334) 470-0489
The Flood Warning System contains current and historical data for rainfall and river levels along the river basins. Click here to obtain the data.
You may access the NWS web site at http://water.weather.gov/ahps for additional information and flood warnings which have been recently issued.

Please e-mail questions to: cpyrwma@co.coffee.al.us

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