Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Hernando: Voluntary evacuation ordered on Withlacoochee River

Withlacoochee flooding: Voluntary evacuations have been called for due to rising waters on the Withlacoochee River in eastern Hernando County, and local officials are urging residents to get out now before they need to be retrieved.

One person and a dog were rescued Thursday from the floodwaters, according to Cecilia Patella, Hernando's emergency management director. Those evacuating may use the shelter that has been opened at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville.

The water level at Trilby had risen to moderate flood stage at 15.29 feet by Thursday afternoon, with flood stage at 12 feet. The river is predicted to rise to 17.4 feet by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

At 14.2 feet, River Road east of the river flooded. Other flooded areas include Peterson Park, which is closed, Florida Campland and the Withlacoochee River canoe rental.

One home on Cercelia Road was isolated, and other homes on Wood River Court had become islands.

At 15.3 feet, Riverdale trailers will flood, and, at 15.6 feet, the water will be 2 to 3 feet over the bridge at Clay Sink Road and State Road 575.

At Croom, the water level was measured at 9.39 feet Thursday afternoon. Flood stage is 9 feet. The level is predicted to continue to rise to 10.9 by Tuesday.

Boil order rescinded: Hernando County has rescinded the boil water notice for residents east of U.S. 41 and in Weeki Wachee Woodlands. The boil water order remains in effect for those who live in the city of Brooksville and in Royal Oaks.

Government operations: Hernando County reopened the county government center in downtown Brooksville on Thursday. Previously, officials thought that problems with the city of Brooksville's water system would keep the building closed longer, but Brooksville opened its City Hall on Wednesday.

Parks: The county has updated its list of parks and other facilities that are open or soon will be open.

Open facilities include: Anderson Snow Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Bayport Park, Delta Woods Park, the Jenkins Creek fishing pier and Rotary Centennial Dog Park.

Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island will be open Friday, but fees will not be collected until Monday. The Lake House in Spring Hill will open for the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday.

Parks and facilities still closed include: Ernie Wever Park, Hernando Park, Hill 'n Dale Park, Lake Townsen Regional Park, the Little Rock Cannery, Pioneer Park and Ridge Manor Community Park.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park also remains closed.

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