Hernando County Opens Shelter for Withlacoochee Flood Evacuees

Hernando County Emergency Management announces that the Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, designated as a host shelter for Withlacoochee River evacuees is open.

The Withlacoochee River reached major flood stage at the Trilby gauge and is currently at 17.55 feet. It is expected to crest at 17.7 feet Wednesday, September 20. The crest is expected to last at least two days before the river begins to recede.

Approximately 4,000 residents living along the Withlacoochee River will be impacted. More than 1,900 properties could potentially flood. Residents should be aware of the possibility that water wells and septic systems could become contaminated. Water testing should occur after water recedes. Infrastructure damages and power outages should also be expected.

The 2004 hurricane season was the last time the Withlacoochee River experienced this level of flooding. Go to www.weather.gov/serfc/ to track flooding at the Trilby and Croom gauges.

Hernando is a disaster-designated Florida county. Residents must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. Go to www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/16/4337/what-expect-when-you-register-fema-disaster-assistance for more information.

Hernando County Government’s Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor and inform our community about storm impacts. Visit the following web and social media sites for more information.

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