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At least a dozen roads closed in Hernando; river flooding expected later in week

BROOKSVILLE — At least a dozen roads in Hernando County were closed because of flooding and sinkholes Tuesday morning as the county braced for more flooding problems due to rising river levels, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Withlacoochee River is forecast to reach flood stage Thursday evening as a result of the heavy rain from Tropical Storm Debby, threatening numerous homes along the river in eastern Hernando County. It is forecast to rise through Saturday, with additional increases possible after that, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Officials are encouraging residents to monitor the status of the river and evacuate if necessary.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Ridge Manor Community Center at 34244 Cortez Blvd. in Ridge Manor as a result of the risk of flooding. Sand and sand bags will also be available to the public at the same location.

Meanwhile, it was unclear when at least a dozen roads across the county would be reopened.

Here is a list of road closures as of Tuesday morning:

• Spring Hill Drive from the Hernando County Jail to the Florida Department of Transportation office. The road is flooded.

• Mariner Boulevard from Little Street to Claymore Street. Closed because of a sinkhole.

• Claymore Street at Keeport Drive. Closed because of a sinkhole.

• Citrus Way at U.S. 98. Closed because of flooding.

• Old Crystal River Road at Ajax Street. Closed because of flooding.

• Richloam Clay Sink Road at Cortez Boulevard. A tree is down.

• Croom Road from Broad Street east to Mcintyre Road. Closed because of flooding.

• Clinton Boulevard from Cortez Boulevard to Providence Boulevard. Closed because of flooding.

• Rosewood Drive at Lynbrook Lane. Closed because of flooding.

• Northcliffe Boulevard at Lamson Avenue. Partial closure due to flooding.

• The Suncoast Parkway from Cortez Boulevard north to U.S. 98. Closed because of flooding.

• Quarterhorse Lane. Closed because of flooding.

Residents with information about storm-related damage are asked to call the Hernando Emergency Operations Center at (352) 754-4083.