Communication of critical hydrometeorological information during the 2004 tropical storm season in Georgia
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The 2004 Tropical Storm season produced widespread minor flooding along most rivers in Georgia. In addition, this period produced 4 river crests considered “significant” by the National Weather Service. “Significant” flooding is defined as water levels along rivers deemed to have moderate or major impact on human activity in the area. None of the flooding that occurred established all-time record levels for these sites. The riverine flood event of greatest impact took place on 17 September 2005 in the Vinings, Georgia area near the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee River at Vinings (USGS station 02336000) crested at 22.60 feet, the 4th highest flood of record, and the second highest level since the filling of Lake Lanier behind Buford Dam began on 1 February 1956. In this paper, communication during this month among key decision makers is summarized. In particular, the methods of communication used by the Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) of the National Weather Service (NWS) are studied.