SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - With the Santa Fe River expected to crest Saturday night, Suwannee County officials are keeping a close eye on the bordering roads and properties.
WTXL went on a boat tour with Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John this afternoon.
He says the Santa Fe River is about 75 yards past where it usually is and the river is at its highest peak since Tropical Storm Debbie in 2014.
While he anticipates some roads and houses may flood, the sheriff says locals by the river have been through this before.
"Last couple days, I had my deputies go door-to-door down here to the affected areas, just to assure the people that there is going to be flooding, make preparations, which they all have done this in the past," said Sheriff St. John. "They're all prepared for it. The biggest thing is to make sure we don't miss someone -- that they don't heed our warnings and so forth and get stuck and can't get out."
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the county can now apply for FEMA assistance from Irma.