Suwannee Democrat


April 18, 2014

Weather update. Sandbags available at Live Oak Fire Department.

Live Oak — As rain continues to fall over our area, low lying areas, retention ponds and rivers continue to rise.

At least one retention pond in Live Oak has overflowed onto neighboring streets west of US 129 North. Some residential streets have flooded and traffic must be re-routed.

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said that flooding is happening in different areas throughout the city but has not received any calls of homes or businesses being flooded.

Sandbags are available at Live Oak Fire Department on Duval Street.


(The following is from the Suwannee River Water Management District)

The flood watch remains for north Florida and south Georgia. Additional rainfall of 2-4" is expected on Friday throughout the area, with isolated totals up to 6". The area of expected heaviest precipitation has shifted north into south Georgia, which could mean a more favorable outlook for upper Santa Fe River flooding, but less favorable for the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Suwannee rivers. Coastal rivers including the Steinhatchee and Econfina are particularly vulnerable to renewed flooding since local watersheds are already saturated.

The NWS issued flood warnings for the Suwannee River at White Springs and at Suwannee Springs. Moderate flooding is expected at White Springs, with a crest near 82' on Monday. The June 2012 crest was over 85'. Minor flooding is expected at Suwannee Springs.

The flood warnings remain on the Santa Fe River from the Fort White gage to the Suwannee confluence. The Fort White gage could rise above flood stage by Saturday and could continue to rise to near 26' by Monday evening, considered moderate flooding.  Moderate flooding is still occurring at Three Rivers. The 9:30 forecast from the NWS calls for Three Rivers to rise above 24 by Wednesday, considered major flooding.

The flood warning remains for the Alapaha at Statenville, which should crest near 103 by Monday, its highest level since August 2013 when it crested at 104'. 

Ellaville and Luraville could rise above flood stage next week, and Branford and Wilcox could approach flood stage by Wednesday. River forecasts will become more certain after the storm has passed and the upper gages begin to crest.

As of April 17, Levy County has closed its boat ramps on the Suwannee River due to high water. Idle Speed/No Wake restrictions are being enforced by the FWC on the Suwannee River from U.S. 90 at Ellaville to 1 mile below the Fowler's Bluff boat ramp (Zones 1-4), and on the Santa Fe River from O'Leno to the Suwannee confluence (Zone 5). While there are no enforced restrictions above Ellaville, boaters should be aware that there are rapid currents and debris which make for unsafe operating conditions. Report boating violations to FWC dispatch at 1-888-404-3922.

The Florida Department of Health lifted its last advisory on the Withlacoochee River on March 21. The City of Valdosta has posted a webpage describing efforts to reduce the number of spills into nearby rivers.

National Weather Service Forecast Precipitation

Boating Advisories/No-Wake Information

Information about local State Park closures or restrictions

Information about Suwannee River Wilderness Trail camp closures

If you have questions about road conditions, call your local emergency management (links further down this page) or use the FHP incident mapper. For river and forecast questions, you can call the National Weather Service in Tallahassee (850-942-8833) or Jacksonville (904-741-4370).

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