North Central Florida Residents Monitor Rising Water Levels Along the Santa Fe
With dry conditions in our area helping prompt a series of fires, it seems only appropriate that that we get some water to help cool things off, but Megan Wetherington with the Suwannee river water management district says that too much of a good thing in Georgia may be leading to bit of a problem for some living along the suwannee and santa fe rivers.
“Last month they got a lot of rain up there in some areas up to 16 inches over the month, so what that caused is that the rivers in Georgia which are mostly tributaries to the suwannee to flood and that is coming downhill towards us.”
Because of the surge in water already flowing down the suwannee it’s hard for the Santa Fe river to feed into it, which to many scientists is the recipe for a backwater flood along the Santa Fe.
People living along the Santa Fe River like Pete Butt say,
“Walking down to the bridge here it’s a little bit coming up and again it’s pretty much due to what... at this point in the game my guess is what’s happening down in the suwannee river.”
Butt says, residents are more concerned about getting sustained rain to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. “We’re at low levels it appears to be a replay of whats happening last year and unless we get some big rain storms it’s probably gonna get into a very low water situation like we had had running into the debbie storm in the middle of last year.”
The USGS expects the Santa Fe at Three Rivers is expected to reach minor flood level by Tuesday.
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