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Most river gauges on Georgia tributaries to the Suwannee River have crested after back-to-back storms earlier in February, the Suwannee River Water Management District reports. Some tributaries have fallen after cresting earlier in the week, but minor flooding is forecast for the Suwannee River at Ellaville, and Dowling Park could crest at least two foot above flood stage by the weekend. The rising Suwannee will cause a backwater flood on the lower Santa Fe.
The rainfall distribution was similar to storms in March and April of 2009, which caused record floods on the Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers. The recent rains were less widespread and intense, resulting in lower expected stages than the historic 2009 flood.
Forecasts and river levels can be found at www.mysuwanneeriver.com and on the District’s automated river level line at 386-362-6626 or 1-800-604-2272 (toll-free in Florida). People with property along the rivers are advised to check the forecasts frequently.