Voluntary evacuation order in effect for Withlacoochee River-area residents

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - A voluntary evacuation order is in effect for residents living along the Withlacoochee River in Hernando County.

One person and a dog have reportedly been rescued due to flooding. The designated host shelter is the Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.

Authorities say if you are living in a low-lying area and are already seeing flood waters, you should leave the area now.

Withlacoochee River at Trilby:
Currently observed at moderate flood stage with a value of 15.28 feet. It is forecasted to reach 17 feet by Monday morning, September 18, 2017, and may rise further later in the 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: 
Currently observed at minor flood stage with a value of 9.38. It is expected to rise to 10.8 feet by Monday morning, 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
 

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