Levy County braces for heavy rainfall, flooding

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heavy rainfall threat Wednesday for Levy and several other coastal counties. Abundant moisture combined with a stalled frontal boundary in north Florida will create a situation perfect for heavy rainfall that could reach excessive levels.

Flood watches are in place for Levy, Citrus, Sumter and Hernando counties. The NWS said the greatest threat will be through tonight with 3-5 inches of rain possible across the counties and higher downpour possible in some local areas.

“With areas that may already be saturated, people just need to really pay attention and make sure they’re watching their property,” said David Peaton, assistant director of Levy County Emergency Management.

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In Levy County, Goethe State Forest and Rosewood Tower have already received 7.15 and 5.24 in. of rain in the last four days, respectively.

“I think it’s going to mainly be along the coast,” Peaton said.

He said residents in the Withlacoochee area along with Yankeetown and Inglis should be keeping an eye on their property.

Peaton also encouraged the residents to report flooding to the county through its website. When citizens send in reports, the county can better track the flooding and respond.

“Flooding is always one of those things that’s kind of difficult to pin down because you never know where it could happen,” Peaton said.

Potential flood areas in Florida

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