Rain Increases Flood Risk for Rivers

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A number of local rivers are expected to rise above their flood stages after estimates of nearly 8 inches of rain fell on the area.

At the Apalachicola River near Blountstown, the flood stage is 15 feet. At 3 pm Friday, the river was at 14.64 feet and is expected to crest at 16.6 feet Saturday night. The river is expected to fall below the 15 foot flood stage by Sunday afternoon.

The Ochlockonee River 5 miles southeast of Havana was just over 23 feet Friday evening. Flood stage is 25 feet, and the river is expected to rise during the weekend and crest near 27 Monday afternoon.

The Ochlockonee River 5 miles from Thomasville was measured at 11.91 feet Friday evening. The river's flood stage is 15 feet, and a crest of over 17 feet is expected during the day Sunday.

The St. Marks River north of Newport was measured at just above 6 and a half feet. Flood stage is 7 feet, and the river is expected to crest at 7.1 feet on Tuesday morning after a slow rise this weekend.

The Withlacoochee River just east of Pinetta is at nearly 63 feet as of Friday evening. The flood stage is 79 feet. The river is expected to crest on Wednesday at just above 71 feet, and although flooding is not expected, caution should be exercised near the banks of the Withlacoochee River.

The Suwannee River at Ellaville was measured at nearly 44 feet on Friday evening. Flood stage is 54 feet, and the river is expected to rise through the weekend and the first half of next week. Flooding is not forecast for the Suwannee River.


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