Flood watch for Alachua, other counties

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7:29 a.m.

A flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for several North Florida counties. According to the National Weather Service, a “flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.”

The counties affected by the flood watch include Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Gilchrist, Suwannee and Union.

The flood watch was issued because the forecast includes a prolonged rainfall in southeast Georgia and most of North Florida. Several portions of the flood watch area received one to three inches of rain over the weekend and another one to three inches on Monday. The rainfall left large swaths of the region saturated.

Forecasters said that if another four to six inches of rain falls over the next day or two, the “additional rainfall will likely cause flooding in the watch area or exacerbate flooding conditions.”

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