Flood Advisory In Effect For Suwannee River

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- Hamilton Co., FL - June 30, 2012 -

The National Weather Service reports a Flood Warning remains in effect for the Suwannee River affecting Hamilton, Suwannee and Columbia counties.

Tropical Storm Debby dropped up to 22 inches of rain across extreme North Florida between Monday and Wednesday. The Suwannee River rose rapidly because of the rain fall.

In White Springs, the river reached its crest on Thursday at 85.23 feet - the third highest on record.

At Suwannee Springs, its expected to reach its crest Sunday at 72.3 feet - the sixth highest ever recorded.

Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg talked to one man we found canoeing on the river.

"Right around White Springs we ran into a bunch of houses where the water is actually up to the rooftop and a lot more where you can see it's several feet above the floor. So a lot of houses we passed by were just looking abandoned and stuff inside was drenched," Rygar Jones told Gullberg.

Jones says he could almost touch the bottom of some bridges. But authorities actually urge people not to going boating on the river because it could be dangerous.