Citrus County officials brace for flooding after Hurricane Irma

Source: Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Citrus County officials are expecting the Withlacoochee River to reach flood stage Monday night.

Due to rising water levels from the Green Swamp and other nearby rivers, as well as rain from Hurricane Irma, county officials say the river will reach flood stage by 9 p.m. They’re expecting waters to rise 4 feet above flood stage by Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, the flooding will affect areas between Highway 200 and Stokes Ferry East all the way to East Channel Drive. East River Road, the Arrowhead area and Stokes Ferry will specifically be impacted.

Residents who live in the area are being asked to prepare and take safety precautions to protect your family.

Deputies are also asking residents on the west side of the county to look out for storm surge.

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