SRWMD to host updated flood-risk map meetings

Suwannee River Water Managment District sign
Suwannee River Water Managment District sign

North Central Florida property owners are encouraged to take part in the development of preliminary flood-risk maps for the Santa Fe Watershed at a series of meetings that start in February. 

Three public meetings are scheduled Feb. 21-23 in Starke, Alachua and Lake City.

Representatives from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be on hand to discuss the ongoing development of flood-risk maps for the region. Residents who live in certain areas of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Suwannee, and Union counties potentially could be impacted by updated flood maps. 

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The District is seeking feedback from residents, along with city and county officials, in the development of these new flood risk maps. The maps are revised periodically to improve flood information for the local communities in their planning and development. The maps are also used to educate current and future property owners with updated information on their flood risk.

Feedback received during the meeting will be taken into consideration for the development of the preliminary maps, which are expected to be available to review later this year. 

Here is a list of the February meetings: 

  • Feb. 21 – Bradford County Courthouse in Starke – 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 – James A. Lewis Commission Chambers in Alachua – 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 – Westside Community Center in Lake City – 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be an online option for people unable to attend. The link will be provided at

Santa Fe Watershed Study Area
Courtesy of Suwannee River Water Management District Santa Fe Watershed Study Area

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