Santa Fe River At Three Rivers Estates Under Flood Warning
While populated areas have not been affected yet, the Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates is under a flood warning. I talked to the director of the Gilchrist County Emergency Management Department and he says that if you can have a plan in place you won't be caught off guard during any type of severe weather.
Jesse Goodman has been living close to the Santa Fe River for more than a decade now. He said, "No it's not normal now... It's usually one to two feet deep and that's all year round but now it's several feet deep, maybe seven or five or six feet deep and i know it's flooding a lot of areas and homes probably... If they're not prepared for it."
Some residents tell me this is the highest they've seen the river all year. That in the past, the levels were so low you could walk across it. And that's because the santa fe river at three rivers estates is under flood warning. Saturday afternoon the river was at 17.5 feet. At this level the water begins to reach homes just downstream of the river gage.
David Peaton the director of the Gilchrist County Emergency Management says all counties that border our two main rivers, the Santa Fe and Suwannee river should always be prepared. "People need to understand whenever a flood warning happens the need to start paying attention to the river levels and they really need to start taking precautions to protect property and to protect any of the valuables that they have that may or may not get damaged should the flood waters rise to a level that may affect their property," Peaton said.
Populated areas have not been affected yet. But if something does happen-- "People need to start taking into consideration what they would do of their home is not accessible either by road or if the property gets flooded itself. People should be contacting out of area friends, family... People that they could stay with. Or if they have secondary homes they know they can stay at during flooding, start getting them ready," Peaton said.
Peaton makes it a point that if you can't leave your home in case of severe weather make sure you have fresh water, non-perishable food and most importantly a plan in place. Gilchrist county also has an emergency notification system called code red.. Something peaton says would be handy for residents in counties all around North Central Florida.
Gilchrist County's Code Red: Click here.
Gilchrist County Emergency Management's Facebook: Click here.
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