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Flood Warnings Posted For St. Marys, Swannee, Sante Fe Rivers

Jeff Huffman

Some local waterways could be inundated this week following today's rain.River levels were already high from recent rains during the winter months, and today’s rainfall
could send some of them over their banks by the weekend.

As of midday Monday, mainly locations in north Florida and southeast Georgia had already recorded more than two inches of rain since Sunday evening. Additional rainfall of close to an inch is expected overnight in these same areas, bringing storm totals to near three inches before it ends Tuesday morning.

Runoff from the recent heavy rain is predicted to result in minor to moderate flooding along some area rivers, according to the National Weather Service. Forecast crests will likely fluctuate throughout the week depending on how much more rain occurs and the pace at which it runs off. As of Monday afternoon, here are the latest potential impacts:

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St. Mary’s River Near Macclenny

  • Rises above flood stage Tuesday afternoon, cresting near 13.4 feet on Thursday
  • Minor flooding expected in low bottomlands along the river and lower river access roads
  • Remains above flood stage through at least the weekend

Suwannee River near Suwannee Springs

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  • Significant rise through the end of the week, reaching flood stage late Friday, cresting close to 69 feet by Saturday
  • Moderate flooding expected, and evacuations of some homes may be necessary later this week
  • Remains above flood stage through early next week

Santa Fe River near Fort White

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  • Rises above flood stage midday Tuesday, cresting near 26 feet Saturday
  • Minor damage to dwellings is possible due to boat wash, and some basements near the river may flood
  • Remains above flood stage through early next week

You can follow Jeff Huffman on Twitter @huffmanweather.

Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida