Withlacoochee River reaches major flood stage

TRILBY, Fla. -- It's been more than a decade since the Withlacoochee River last reached a flood stage of more than 16 feet.

This year has all the markings of the 2004 hurricane season: the Withlacoochee River at Trilby reached major flood stage at 16.84 feet Sunday, Sept. 17. It last reached this level on Sept. 29, 2004.

More than 4,000 people have been asked to leave their homes under a voluntary evacuation, according to a news release from the Hernando County Office of Public Information.

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