Dangerous Conditions on the Santa Fe River
Due to dangerous water conditions resulting from the recent tropical storm, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is advising people to temporarily avoid swimming, tubing, canoeing, or kayaking in the portion of the upper Santa Fe River bordering northwest Alachua County west of Interstate 75.
Chris Bird from Alachua County Environmental Protection warns that the river's high flow conditions, combined with low groundwater levels from the drought, are creating powerful, hidden siphons that can drown even a strong swimmer by pulling them through underwater cavities in the bottom of the river.
These unusually dangerous conditions in the upper Santa Fe River are expected to persist for 7-10 days until the river levels are projected to subside. Flood and water level updates are available from the Suwannee River Water Management District website at www.mysuwanneeriver.com.
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