Today's News

  • Cedar Key braces for Hermine

    The "Island Storm" is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Coastal Levy under Hurricane Warning, inland under Hurricane Watch

    The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the area from Anclote Key to the Suwannee River that includes tLevy County.
    A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Suwannee River north toMexico Beach.

    Here's the latest:
    While Hurricane Hermine is heading for North Florida a hurricane watch remains in effect for coastal Levy , while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for inland Levy.

  • County closes parks

    Due to the impending storm Levy County has closed:

    • Shellmound

    • Devils Hammock

    • Henry Beck and Blue Springs parks and

    • all boatramps.

  • Coastal residents need to prepare for storm surge

    This message is for residents of Levy County west of US 19 in flood prone areas. The National Weather Service is predicting a tidal surge between 5 to 7 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) and 8 to 10 inches of rain. Tornado warnings for Levy County are being issued prior to and during the storm. Residents in low lying areas should expect flooding. Emergency response to affected areas will be suspended when sustained winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are reached.

  • Mandatory evacuation in Levy coastal areas, along Suwannee

    A mandatory evacuation is being ordered for Cedar Key, Yankeetown and other coastal areas of Levy County this morning (Thursday, Sept. 1) and areas along the Swannee River. 

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond confirmed the reports of a mandatory evacuation and said two ore shelters have been opened: at Bronsson Elementary and Chiefland Elementary Schools. One shelter, at Williston High School opened on Wednesday when a voluntary evacuation was ordered. 

  • Levy schools closed Thursday, Friday

    All Levy County schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Sept. 2, due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

    Schools will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    Please contact the School Board of Levy County at 352-486-5231 or your child’s school for updates.

    Or keep following the latest releases at www.chieflandcitizen.com and on the Citizen Facebook page.

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Get prepared for rain — maybe lots

    If you have a hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road, now might be a good time to get it out and dust it off. Maybe even update it. Check your emergency supplies.

    Tropical Depression 9, which has been wandering around and struggling in the Gulf of Mexico for the past 24 hours is looking as if it will make landfall somewhere between Tampa and the Florida Panhandle — although most computer models have it coming in as a tropical storm of low intensity along the Nature Coast.

  • Residents need to keep an eye on storm

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf.