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April 8, 2014

Rain soaks area, rivers rise

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The National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported an average of about four inches of rain fell on our area between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. That was enough for some yards and low-lying areas to flood. The NWS reported the Luraville area received the most rain fall. According to the Suwannee River Water Management District, isolated areas received up to 6 inches.

As of noon Tuesday, the Suwannee River at White Springs has been rising five to six inches per hour. The NWS expects the river to rise 10 feet and crest near the flood stage of 77 this evening. This crest would be near minor flood stage, eight feet lower than the June 2012 crest. Suwannee Springs is expected to crest two feet below flood stage by Friday, a 12-foot rise from current levels. There are no flood warnings for the Suwannee, Alapaha, or Withlacoochee rivers.

The flood warning remains for the Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates. Further flooding is expected due to the rising Suwannee, with a potential rise of two feet by Sunday to three feet above flood stage (22 feet at the gage). The Santa Fe at Fort White is expected to remain at the current level (about an inch below flood stage) then slowly begin to fall beginning this evening. Rainfall totals in the upper Santa Fe basin were generally less than two inches.

Idle Speed/No Wake restrictions are being enforced by the FWC on the Suwannee River from the CR340/Rock Bluff bridge to one mile below the Fowler's Bluff boat ramp (Zone 4), and on the Santa Fe River from O'Leno to the Suwannee confluence (Zone 5). Based on the NWS forecast, Zone 3 between Little River Springs and Rock Bluff will re-activate by the weekend. Report boating violations to FWC dispatch at 1-888-404-3922.

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