Withlacoochee River crests but flooding is far from over

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 03:54:12-04

Water has been rising for over a week on the Withlacoochee River, and now it has finally crested. 

Its been nearly 70 years since the water was this high and according to the National Weather Service, the water is done rising but people who live in the area will have to wait days before it even begins to recede. 

Many streets that were along the Withlacoochee River are now part of it, along with hundreds of homes.

Basil Hill and his niece and nephew are staying in a home that has several feet of water on the inside.
Glen Spicer lives just down the street. When we spoke to him last week he wasn’t worried about the rising water.

But since last week, things have changed. Spicer now says the flood damage is too much. "There's no way we’re ever going to be able to recover from it."

Hernando County says 4,000 people are affected by the flood and even though the water may be done rising, it’s going to take a long time, before its gone.