* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search *

Resources for

 newsletter sign up button

Unless indicated, documents on this Web site are Adobe Acrobat files, and require the free reader software.

Get Adobe Reader Icon


Florida has a right to know button

Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse button


corner of content windowHurricane Frances News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 5, 2004
CONTACT: (850) 921-0384

Severe Flooding Expected Across North, Central Florida

--Residents urged to use caution near swollen rivers--

TALLAHASSEE—State officials are keeping a close watch on seven rivers that are expected to reach flood levels in the wake of Frances. While some rivers will reach their crest by Wednesday morning, others will continue to rise on through the weekend.

"The feeder bands behind Frances have brought continued rainfall to parts of Northeast and West Central Florida, where rivers are at or near flood stage," said state meteorologist Ben Nelson. "Residents are urged to heed forecasts and instructions from local officials."

The Santa Fe River near Fort White in Columbia County is expected to reach record flood stage on Saturday. Access to roads in the area will likely be affected. Major flooding is also forecast along the Black Creek at Middleburg and St. Mary's River at Macclenny.

Residents along a total of seven Florida rivers are urged to use caution, avoid flooded areas and monitor their local media.

The following rivers and locations are critical areas of concern:

Columbia County--

  • Santa Fe River near Ft. White could crest near 30 feet by Saturday (six feet above flood stage) Clay County --
  • Black Creek at Middleburg could crest five feet above flood stage on Wednesday Baker County --
  • St. Mary’s River at Macclenny could crest more than 7 feet above flood stage Thursday evening Hillsborough County--
  • Alafia River at Lithia could crest at 11 feet above flood stage
  • Little Manatee River at Wimauma could reach six feet above flood stage Pasco County--
  • Anclote River at Elfers could reach five feet above flood stage Hardee County --
  • Peace River at Zolfo Springs could crest 6 feet above flood stage

Residents in flood prone areas should follow these safety tips:

  • Do not drive or walk into flooded roads. Just six inches of moving water can sweep an adult off their feet, and 12 inches of moving water can float an SUV. When residents encounter a flooded road, they are reminded to heed the advice of the National Weather Service and “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
  • Do not let children play in floodwaters, as they can carry a number of contaminants including sewage, chemicals and infectious bacteria. Unseen dangers could also lie hidden beneath the water, such as downed power lines or sharp objects.
  • Watch for snakes. Most Florida snakes are not poisonous but may still bite if approached or disturbed.

Additionally, severe weather poses a threat to residents in northeast and north-central Florida. Residents should closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio and their local media. If severe weather threatens, seek shelter immediately in an interior room or closet.

For more information on flooding safety, visit www.floridadisaster.org or www.srh.noaa.gov/tadd.

For additional information on Hurricane Frances and the state’s response efforts, residents should call the Florida Emergency Information Line at 1-800-342-3557.


Last updated: July 08, 2005

   3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49   Tallahassee, Florida 32399 | 850-245-2118 (phone) / 850-245-2128 (fax)  
DEP Home | About DEP  | Contact Us | Search |  Site Map