Live Oak — From Suwannee County Emergency Management:
Due to the rising river levels residents and those with interests along the river should take action to protect threatened property in low lying areas and continue to monitor the river levels. Do Not Cross Flooded Roadways! "Turn Around Don't Drown!" Protect your property by moving items up or moving items out of potential flood waters. Safety Message: HIGH AND FAST MOVING RIVERS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ANY KIND OF RECREATION! Ellaville Area: Flood Stage is 54 feet; this area is expected to crest early morning hours of Saturday March 9th at approx. 61 - 62 feet Dowling Park Area: Flood Stage is 50 feet; this area is expected to crest Sunday March 10th at approx. 52 feet Branford Area: Flood Stage is 29 feet; this area is expected to crest at 32 - 32 ½ feet approx. 7-10 days out. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued a caution to residents in the counties surrounding the Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers. The Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant in Valdosta, GA has overflowed causing 5 - 6 million gallons of raw sewage to spill into the Withlacoochee River, which flows south, connecting with the Suwannee River. Water contaminated by wastewater overflow presents several health hazards to humans and may contain untreated human sewage with microbes that could cause gastro-intestinal and other diseases. If you have been in contact with the river water, DOH urges you to wash your hands thoroughly before eating or drinking. Children and elderly as well as people with depressed immune systems are particularly vulnerable to disease so every precaution should be taken to avoid the river water. As a precautionary measure if residents within the immediate area feel their water has been contaminated or the water quality has changed they should boil their water for a minimum of 1 minute on a full rolling boil. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Suwannee County Sheriff's Office ~ Division of Emergency Management at 386.364.3405.