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EOC Alert #1 - Flood Watch

Status: Monitoring

Post Date:08/14/2019 1:57 PM

Hernando County Emergency Operations Center Alert

Event

Flood Watch

Date

14 August 2019

Time

1:00 PM

Report Number

1

EOC Level of Activation

3 / Monitoring

Current Situation

The “Flood Watch” issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect through Friday. A predominate west to southwest flow over the last two weeks has caused heavy widespread rain over west central Florida resulting in many areas to be oversaturated. This flow has resulted in many areas seeing a surplus of rainfall causing rivers to rise and has no sign of stopping, the watch might need to be extended through the weekend as a front stalls across North Florida which will only help to bring more rain into the area.

 

The Withlacoochee River is currently at or approaching action stage. While the river level is not expected to reach minor flood stage at this time, there is still uncertainty as to how much the river will rise as we continue into the rainy season. Residents along the river are urged to stay informed, review emergency plans, and be prepared to take action to protect personal property.

 

Withlacoochee River observations as of Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

Croom is at 7.93 feet; action stage is 8 feet; minor flood stage is 9 feet.

Trilby is at 10.1 feet; action stage is 10.5 feet; minor flood stage is 12 feet.

Action Stage

The stage which, when reached by rising stream, represents the level where the National Weather Service or a partner/user needs to take some type of mitigation action in preparation for possible significant hydrologic activity. Residents in and around the areas of Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, and River Height Estates are urged to prepare for possible action.

Current Road Closures

There are no road closures reported at this time however, that could change if conditions warrant.

Recommended Actions

•Residents living along the river and in low lying, flood prone areas are urged to closely monitor river levels and take precautions as needed to protect life and property. Be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if necessary.

•Do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.

•Monitor river gauges at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tbw

•Take this opportunity to review emergency plans and refresh your emergency supply kit. For more information, visit http://www.hernandocounty.us/EM

For more information please call

352-754-4083 or the recorded information line 352-754-4111

 

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