Hurricane Frances News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2004
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:
Residents in flood prone areas should follow these safety tips:
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 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
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