The Santa Fe River near Fort White is forecast to come within three feet of breaking a record crest this weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting a crest of 33.5 feet on Sunday afternoon, which would be the second all-time highest level recorded at this station. The level reported as of Thursday afternoon was 26.3 ft.
Major flooding is expected along the Santa Fe near the communities of Fort White and Three Rivers Estates. Severe flooding is ongoing along the Suwannee River near Live Oak and Lake City, but impacts downstream are not expected to be as significant in communities such as Branford and Wilcox. The latest levels and predicted impacts are listed below:
SANTA FE RIVER NEAR FORT WHITE
- Stage as of 4pm Thursday: 26.3 ft
- Crest forecast Sunday afternoon: 33.5 ft
- Major damage and disruption to the community is expected. Roads will be cut off and many homes will be surrounded by water. Boat wash damage to homes will be severe.
SANTA FE RIVER NEAR THREE RIVERS ESTATES
- Stage as of 4pm Thursday: 15.0 ft
- Crest forecast Monday afternoon: 25.2 ft
- All of Santa Fe Road will flood. Water will inundate homes in the Hollingsworth Bluff area at state route 47.
SANTA FE RIVER NEAR HILDRETH
- Stage as of 4pm Thursday: 14.0 ft
- Crest forecast Monday afternoon: 25.0 ft
- Houses in Three Rivers Estates begin to flood. Entrance road to Sandy Point is cutoff.
SUWANNEE RIVER AT BRANFORD
- Stage as of 4pm Thursday: 17.0 ft.
- Crest forecast Sunday afternoon: 27.9 ft.
- Water will start to cover portions of the only road into the Forest Glades subdivision, 5 miles south of Branford.