Flood warning issued for the Santa Fe at Three Rivers Estates

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates. Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said rising river water has closed some lime rock roads to motor vehicles.

The flood statement from the weather service was to let residents in Columbia, Gilchrist and Suwannee counties know that they should take action to protect their property in flood-prone areas. According to gauges along the river, the water level had risen to 18.7 feet by 8 a.m. Monday, a level expected to produce minor flooding.

Flood stage at Three Rivers is reached when the water is 19 feet deep.

Federal flood forecasters are predicting that the water will continue rising to about 20.2 feet by early Saturday and could rise more if South Georgia or North Florida receive significant rain this week.

Among the impacts forecast by the weather service are the following:

* At 17.0 feet water will begin to cross River Run Road in several locations.

* At 17.3 feet, homes just downstream of the gauge begin to be affected by flooding.

* At 19.8 feet, river water will begin to affect homes in the Hollingsworth Bluff area on State Road 47.

* At 20 feet, flooding begins on Wilson Springs Road.

Sheriff Cameron said several low-lying, lime rock roads had been closed to vehicles by Monday morning.

"And we could have some more road closures, depending on what kind of rain we get this week," Cameron said. "So far some people have been cut off from their homes, so they need to use a small paddle boat or something to get from their cars to the homes, but no one has had to be evacuated."

State safety officials are urging drivers to avoid water covered roadways and to take a detour to avoid a possible life-threatening situation if a flooded road suddenly washes away.

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