Flood Waters Cause Property Damage in Citrus, Shelter Opens As Storm Approaches
Citrus County Reporter, Brianna Woodbury
CITRUS – Some Crystal River residents found themselves unprepared and underwater, after Hurricane Hermine began making its way towards the coastline earlier today. There are already reports of property damage as a result of rising waters, like Crystal River resident Sue Militello, whose car was damaged due to the rising high tide.
County Officials have posted hazard signs and closed off roads that remain over two feet underwater, however, locals are still trying to make it home through the now swampy paved remains.
Unlike yesterday’s flooding, this afternoon’s high tide brought flood waters at a much faster rate. Loretta Lambright-Redrick who owns a home in Crystal River is now surrounded by almost a foot of water. Several other homes are facing the same problem and residents are scrambling to place sandbags at windows and doorways to prevent any water damage.
Although Hurricane Hermine is only a category one storm, the Nation Weather Service expects the storm surge to be much stronger due to a cold front pushing down from Georgia and the Carolinas. The outcome of these two major systems combining will cause excessive flooding and the possibility of tornados throughout the west coast of Florida.
Citrus County has opened a pet-friendly emergency shelter at Lecanto Primary School for Homosassa and Crystal river residents. Voluntary Evacuations are recommended to Coastal areas of Citrus County according to Officials.
Here are a list of current road closures in Citrus County:
- NW Citrus Ave, Crystal River Florida
- NW 6th street, Crystal River Florida
- Plantation Hotel of Crystal River closed down parking lot and rooms closest to water.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ™2013 – 2016 Real News Real Fast, Inc.