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Forecasters expect river to flood again

Neighbors of the Withlacoochee River must endure one more weekend of flooding before its waters subside next week, forecasters say.

By WILL VAN SANT
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 28, 2002


RIDGE MANOR -- The swelling Withlacoochee River will continue to be a source of moderate flooding through the weekend.

That's bad news for folks living along the banks of the river, who for several weeks have dealt with submerged roadways, waterlogged yards and the imminent threat of even more rising water.

But by early next week, the river's water level could drop below flood stage, according to a forecast issued Friday by the National Weather Service.

The weather service is calling for the Withlacoochee at Trilby to crest at 2 p.m. Sunday. The river is expected to rise only to 12.2 feet, 0.2 feet above its flood stage. It has been above its flood stage since Wednesday.

Affected areas could include Lacoochee, Talisman Estates, Riverdale, River Height Estates and Nobleton.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the river will fall below flood stage, according to the forecast.

Chances for rainfall, which has been causing the river to rise, are expected to decrease throughout the weekend.

It's the cumulative effects of rain from last week that are responsible for the Withlacoochee's high water this weekend, according to the weather service.

Although the effects of Tropical Storm Isidore and other storm systems are being absorbed, another threat, Lili, is lurking in the Caribbean Sea. The future path of that storm is unknown.

-- Will Van Sant covers Hernando County government and can be reached at 754-6127 or vansant@sptimes.com.

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