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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc

    NWS - high water mark aigns

    Have you heard of this program ?
    Appears to be a good public outreach/awareness effort.
    Have not researched if this would count for NFIP-CRS credits.

    Would you encourage your fair community to place such a sign ?

    I have since we are are on the Ohio River and our High Water Mark would be

    January 1937 53.7 ft. or 382.9 msl
    Pool Stage 12.8 ft. or 342.0 msl
    River Gauge Base Elevation 0.0 ft. or 329.2 msl
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)

    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Upper left edge
    I've seen similar signs in many places. Most notable to me are Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, which has numerous "high water marks" for the various floods they have had, and in old town Alexandria, Virginia. I think they make a lot of sense, and tourists and others actually enjoy seeing them and learn from them.

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    Cyburbian Rygor's avatar
    Jun 2009
    Where the Wild Things Are
    There is a big monument for high water marks in Grand Forks, ND. It has had frequent flooding from the Red River. It is the centerpiece of a riverfront park there.

    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Cyburbian ColoGI's avatar
    Jul 2009
    Colo Front Range
    I would say you want to differentiate between the old high-water mark and the new one after your river was confined to levees and thus is raised higher. But I'm sure I'm in the minority view here.

    Second, a related aside: where I used to live in Bavaria there was an old, imposing building very close to the river that had high water marks carved into the corner blocks. I remember one mark from 1739.

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    Cyburbian TerraSapient's avatar
    Nov 2009
    The Glass City
    I remember seeing these signs in various cities, most recently in Portland, Oregon, though I don't think Portland's signs were installed as part of this program (and Portland is not listed in that program's database).

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