An evacuation shelter has been designated by Hernando County Emergency Management for evacuees from flooding of the Withlacoochee River.
The Enrichment Center, located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. in Brooksville, is now open for Withlacoochee River evacuees.
The Withlacoochee River reached major flood stage at the Trilby gauge and was at 17.55 feet Tuesday evening.
It is expected to crest at 17.7 feet Wednesday, September 20. The crest is expected to last at least two days before the river begins to recede.
More than 1,900 properties could potentially flood, impacting about 4,000 residents living along the Withlacoochee River.
Hernando County officials warn water wells and septic systems could become contaminated. Water testing should occur after water recedes.
Infrastructure damages and power outages should also be expected.
Hernando is a disaster-designated Florida county. Residents must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance - even if you have insurance. Go to www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/16/4337/what-expect-when-you-register-fema-disaster-assistance for more information.More