State of Emergency Declared Due to Steinhatchee Flooding

Steinhatchee House and Cars Flooded due to Heavy Rains
Posted at 11:15 AM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-06 13:18:18-04

STEINHATCHEE, FL (WTXL) - Over a foot of rain has fallen in parts of southern Taylor and northern Dixie county since Sunday. Some residents along River Rd. had to travel by boat to leave their homes.

According to Emergency Management Director Steve Spradley, at least 20 different roads are impassable due to standing water up to 3 feet high.

This has taken a toll on the local river, cresting at a moderate flood stage of 15.71 feet on Monday. There are some signs of relief as the Steinhatchee River begins to recede and officials help clear drainage ditches.

Sand bags and clean water are available for pick up at area fire stations. Residents should call 850-838-3575 to report property damage.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Steinhatchee River through Friday. Scattered showers and storms still remain a possibility, though deluge-like conditions are not expected. This is because the central low pressure system that sat over the Apalachee Bay has moved northeastward away from the area.