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Voluntary Evacuation Order in effect for Withlacoochee River Area Residents

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 14, 2017

Hernando County Emergency Management has issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents living along the Withlacoochee River. One person and a dog have already been rescued due to flooding. The Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, is the designated host shelter.

You can watch the video of the Hernando County EMS Director describing the situation.

PLEASE DO NOT risk the lives of our first responders. If you are living in a low-lying area and are already seeing flood waters, we urge you to leave the area now.

Withlacoochee River at Trilby:

Currently observed at moderate flood stage with a value of 15.28 feet. It is forecasted to reach 17 feet by Monday morning, September 18, 2017, and may rise further later in the week.

Impacts at Trilby:

*             15.6 feet: Water is 2 to 3 feet over the bridge at Clay Sink Road and State Road 575

*             15.3 feet: Riverdale trailers are flooded

*             14.2 feet: 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

*             12 feet: Flooding begins at Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, and River Height Estates

Withlacoochee River at Croom:

Currently observed at minor flood stage with a value of 9.38. It is expected to rise to 10.8 feet by Monday morning, September 18, 2017, and may rise further later in the week.

Impacts at Croom:

*             12 feet: Flooding begins to impact Nobleton

*             9 feet: Farms and pastureland flood

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