BROOKSVILLE — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Withlacoochee River.
The river was expected to rise above flood stage —12 feet — at Trilby, near the Pasco-Hernando county line, late Sunday afternoon.
The river was expected to reach 12.1 feet by Sunday evening and remain above flood stage at least until Tuesday morning. At 10 a.m. Sunday, the river was at 11.9 feet.
The first areas to flood will be Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, River Heights Estates and Nobleton.
Downstream, at the Croom gauge, where flood stage is 9 feet, the river was at 8.13 feet Sunday afternoon and was not forecast to flood.
The flooding is being caused by the recent heavy rains from Tropical Storm Isaac. The Green Swamp in Polk County drains into the Withlacoochee, sometimes causing the river to rise several days after rainfall occurs.
Residents in the low-lying areas by the river were urged to take the necessary precautions and avoid driving in the flooded areas.