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River flood warnings remain in effect for most North Florida counties

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Use caution in flooded areas

By The Staff

   

This news from Levy County Sheriff and Emergency Management:

Another round of severe weather is possible this afternoon, overnight into early Monday morning across northern Florida.

Gusty winds, hail may accompany the cold front passage. Behind the front will be low

temperatures near freezing early week in North Florida.

Residents and visitors along the Suwannee River in North Florida should

be prepared for possible road closures and evacuations as early as

Wednesday.

Governor Crist on Wednesday signed Executive Order 09-81, declaring a

State of Emergency in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton,

Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Escambia, Gulf,

Holmes, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee remains activated

today to a Level 2 activation which is a partial activation of the

state team to support county operations in the Panhandle and Big Bend

regions.

Monitor local media and NOAA alert radio for updates and warnings.

The Suwannee River is expected to crest at U.S. 90 on the Suwannee /

Madison County line mid-week and the I-10 Bridge at the river crossing

by late week. Residents should heed any local evacuation orders and

road closures.

Stay safe by avoiding flooded areas and roadways.

Remember to "Turnaround, Don't Drown" if faced with a flooded roadway.

Observe all evacuation orders and wait until local officials give

the "all-clear" before returning back home.

Standing flood waters pose possible health dangers. Basic hygiene is

critical.

Avoid contact with flood waters if at all possible and keep

children away from flood waters.

Watch out for fallen power lines in trees or standing water.

Take this time to restock and supply your personal disaster supply

kits.