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River Levels, Crest Predictions, Flood Warnings for Thursday

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From the Suwannee River Water Management District

By The Staff

LIVE OAK, FL, April 9, 2009 12:00– Following is a summary of all the latest flood reports and crest predictions issued by the National Weather Service for stations along local rivers. 

WITHLACOOCHEE 

Pinetta – Falling, but still 7 feet above flood stage. This is the flood of record for the Withlacoochee River. Severe and historic flooding is occurring in Madison County along the Withlacoochee River. 

ALAPAHA 

Statenville – Falling, but still 6.8 feet above flood stage. This is the flood of record for the Alapaha River, exceeding the 1948 event. Severe and historic flooding is occurring in Hamilton County on the Alapaha River. 

SUWANNEE RIVER 

White Springs – Minor flooding expected. Should crest at 77.5 feet, 0.5 feet above flood stage, on April 10. 

Suwannee Springs – Minor flooding expected. Should crest 0.8 feet above flood stage on April 11. 

Ellaville – Currently above flood stage, and expected to crest near 66 feet on 4/11. This stage will exceed the 1973 event at Ellaville by one foot. 

Dowling Park – Currently above flood stage, and expected to crest at 57.8 feet on 4/13. 

Branford –Expected to rise above flood stage on 4/10. Will rise to 8 feet above flood stage, cresting at 37.0 feet on April 16. This stage will exceed the 1973 event at Branford by more than a foot. 

Wilcox – Expected to rise above flood stage on 4/12. Predicted crest is near 18.5 feet on 4/21. 

Manatee Springs – Predicted to rise above flood stage on April 14, and crest near 13.5 feet on April 21. 

Fowlers Bluff – Predicted to rise above flood stage on April 12, and crest near 8.9 on 4/21. 

SANTA FE RIVER 

Near Fort White – Expected to rise above flood stage on April 10. Predicted crest is near 35.4 feet on April 17. Flood stage is 24.0 feet. 

3 Rivers Estates – Major flooding predicted. Currently above flood stage and rising. Expected to crest near 31.9 feet on April 17. This flood is predicted to exceed the 1998 flood by 2 feet. 

129 Bridge – Expected to rise above flood stage late today (April 9). Expected to crest at 31.9 feet on April 17. This flood is predicted to exceed the 1998 flood by over 2 feet. 

AUCILLA 

Lamont – Currently above flood stage, but falling. Minor flooding is occurring. 

Persons living near rivers or in flood prone areas are urged to stay informed with the most current information, which is available by calling the Suwannee River Water Management District's 24-hour automated flood information phone line at 386.362.6626 or 800.604.2272. Information also is available on the District’s web site at: www.mysuwanneeriver.com , and on the National Weather Service River Forecast Center web site at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/. 

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