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April 22, 2014

Flood warnings remain in effect

Live Oak — Flood warnings remain in effect for Suwannee and Hamilton counties as the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers are expected to crest this week, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District. Three Rivers Estates along the Santa Fe River is expected to experience major flooding by the end of the week. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for White Springs, Ellaville, Luraville, and Wilcox on the Suwannee; the Alapaha at Statenville and Jennings; the Aucilla at Lamont; and Fort White, Three Rivers, and Hildreth on the Santa Fe.

Rain fall

According to the SRWMD, Suwannee County saw a peek of 4.99 inches of rain last week. Lafayette County peeked at 4.22 inches, and Hamilton County recorded 6.47 inches of rain in some areas.

River flooding

Although heavy rainfall is not in the forecast for this week, the NWS expects local rivers to continue to rise throughout the week. 

Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates

As of Tuesday, the river was reported to be at 22.81 feet. Flood stage is 19 feet. Major flooding is expected by Friday and is forecast to reach 24.5 feet by Sunday.  

Suwannee River at White Springs

As of Tuesday, the river was reported to be at 79.95 feet high, two feet above the flood stage of 77 feet. The river is expected to crest around 80.5 feet today.

Suwannee River at Suwannee Springs 

The Suwannee River at Suwannee Springs was reported to be at 65.66 feet on Tuesday. The river is expected to crest around Thursday around 67.7 feet. The flood stage is 67 feet.

Suwannee River at Ellaville (US 90)

The Suwannee River was reported to be at 53.98 feet on Tuesday in Ellaville. The river is expected to rise to 55.7 feet by Saturday, just over a foot above the flood stage of 54 feet.

Suwannee River at Dowling Park

As of Tuesday, the river was reported to be at 45.44 feet, below the flood stage of 50 feet. By Saturday, the river is expected to rise to around 48.2 feet.

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