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Officials Warn About Flooding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State officials are worried about flooding in the wake of Hurricane Frances, as already full rivers and streams take in even more water.

State meteorologist Ben Nelson says the feeder bands trailing behind Frances have made a bad situation even worse, since all the water hasn't yet flowed downstream. He notes the Santa Fe River near Fort White could crest near 30 feet on Sunday, six feet above flood stage.

Many other rivers are also facing flood problems. The Alafia River at Lithia could reach 11 feet above flood stage, while others in the Tampa Bay area are also overflowing.

Nelson and other officials are warning folks to take precautions, such as not driving into flooded roads or intersections. He also says it's a bad idea to let children play in the swollen water, since it can contain bacteria, sewage or chemicals.


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