Suwannee Democrat


April 23, 2014

Flood warnings remain in effect

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Flood warnings remain in effect for Hamilton and Suwannee counties as the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers continue to rise, 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 and the Suwannee River at White Springs is expected to rise at least three feet above flood stage. 

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

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 Wednesday, the river was reported to be at 23.14 feet. Flood stage is 19 feet. Major flooding is expected and is forecast to reach 25.7 feet by Tuesday.  

Suwannee River at White Springs

As of Wednesday, the river was reported to be at 80.81 feet high, three feet above the flood stage of 77 feet. The river is expected to rise to around 81 feet Thursday.

Suwannee River at Suwannee Springs 

The Suwannee River at Suwannee Springs was reported to be at 66.57 feet on Wednesday. The river is expected to crest around 68.5 feet. The flood stage is 67 feet.

Suwannee River at Ellaville (US 90)

The Suwannee River was reported to be at 54.95 feet on Wednesday in Ellaville. The river is forecast to rise to 56.2 feet by Sunday, just above the flood stage of 54 feet.

Suwannee River at Dowling Park

As of Wednesday, the river was reported to be at 46.33 feet, below the flood stage of 50 feet. By Sunday, the river is expected to rise to around 48.5 feet.

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