Irma’s Wind and Rain are Gone But Flood Waters Threaten Residents Along the Withlacoochee River
HERNANDO – While residents try to clean up after Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds tore a path through several neighborhoods, residents who live along the Withlacoochee River are facing a new threat that could have them seeking shelter once again.
Emergency Management Officials are asking residents who live along the river to gather supplies and be prepared to evacuate, as the river’s levels begin to rise.
Officials say the river at Trilby is at moderate flood stage, with a value of 15.04 feet. It is forecasted to reach 17 feet by Monday morning and could rise further later in the week.Water is already 2 to 3 feet over the bridge at Clay Sink Road and SR-575, and there are flooded trailers in the Riverdale Subdivision. River Road, east of the river is flooded. One campsite at the park is flooded. Peterson Park is flooded and closed. One home on Cercelia Road is isolated. The Florida Campland is flooded. Wood River Court homes are isolated, and the Withlacoochee River canoe rental is flooded. Flooding has begun in Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, and River Height Estates.
The river is at minor flood state at Croom but it is expected to rise to 10.8 feet by Monday morning. Flooding at Nobleton and nearby farms and pastures are beginning to flood.
Officials have not provided an estimated crest stage at this time.
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