Suwannee Democrat


May 13, 2014

SRWMD: Rainfall in the 7-day forecast not expected to worsen flooding conditions

Live Oak — From the Suwannee River Water Management District:

Levels at all river gauges are falling slowly but steadily. Wilcox, Fowler's Bluff, US129/Hildreth, and Fort White remain above minor flood stage. Three Rivers on the Santa Fe fell to moderate flood stage. Rainfall in the 7-day forecast is not expected to worsen flooding conditions.

We have received a number of questions about how fast the river will fall. This year's flood is similar in source and magnitude to April-May 2005, but with a crest about two weeks later. If the Suwannee at Branford acts like it did in 2005, which assumes no more significant rainfall, it will take Branford five to six weeks to fall 15', with a similar rate of drop at Three Rivers on the Santa Fe. This chart shows the projected drop based on how Branford reacted in 2005. 

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.

There are no active health advisories pertaining to the rivers from the Florida Department of Health.

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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