Hernando Officials Go Door-To-Door Urging Evacuations Along Withlacoochee River
Residents are urged to evacuate along the Withlacoochee River in Hernando County according to officials as river levels continue to rise.
Hernando County Sheriff Deputies, firefighters and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were going door-to-door Saturday morning urging those in flood prone areas to evacuate.
Areas under evacuations include Talisman Estates, Riverdale and other flood prone areas along the Withlacoochee River. These areas are expected to experience near record flooding along the Withlacoochee River as river levels continue to rise.
The Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, has been designated as a host shelter.
A sand and sandbag distribution site is available at the East Hernando Branch Library located at 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville, FL (off I-75 near Ridge Manor). It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 17). The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has arranged for inmates to help fill the sand bags.
River levels along the Withlacoochee River continue to rise.
Withlacoochee River at Trilby:
Observed at moderate flood stage Saturday afternoon with a value of 16.34 feet, just shy of major flood stage. It is forecast to reach 17.6 feet as early as the beginning of next week.
Impacts at Trilby:
- 15.6 feet: Water is 2 to 3 feet over the bridge at Clay Sink Road and State Road 575
- 15.3 feet: Riverdale trailers are flooded
- 14.2 feet: River Road east of the river is flooded. One campsite at the park is flooded. Peterson Park is flooded and closed. One home on Cercelia Road is isolated. The Florida Campland is flooded. Wood River Court homes are isolated. And the Withlacoochee River canoe rental is flooded
- 12 feet: Flooding begins at Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, and River Height Estates
Withlacoochee River at Croom:
Observed at minor flood stage Saturday afternoon with a value of 10.13 feet. It is forecast to reach moderate flood stage, 10.8 feet, on Monday, September 18, 2017, and may rise further later in the week.
Impacts at Croom:
- 12 feet: Flooding begins to impact Nobleton
- 9 feet: Farms and pastureland flood
Officials are urging those under an evacuation to get out immediately to avoid placing the lives of first responders at risk.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos