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Withlacoochee water levels continue to rise

Flooding is expected at the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon and Floral City (Sheriff's Office photo on September 23, 2017)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported on Saturday that, due to rainfall and other factors caused by Hurricane Irma, the Withlacoochee River water level continues to rise. 

Water is already reported around and in homes near Istachatta and Trails End Road in Floral City, the CCSO  said, and points to the north, including Arrowhead, are subject to increased water level and potential flooding. 

TOP VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Effects

Citrus County Emergency Operations Director Dave DeCarlo briefs county commissioners about the effects of Hurricane Irma and the approaching surge of water on the Withlacoochee River (September 19, 2017)

County extends local state of emergency to cover flooding

Dave DeCarloThe Citrus County Commission on Tuesday extended the local state of emergency it had declared when Hurricane Irma entered the county and inflicted damage in a number of places. It expired today.
 
The hurricane cut a 500-mile swatch across Florida as it entered the state at Miami as a Category 5 storm. 
 

Halls River Bridge project update set for Sept. 26

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was scheduled to have an update from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the Halls River Bridge project at the regular BOCC meeting on Sept. 19.

However, the FDOT cannot be in attendance and the update has been rescheduled for the regular BOCC meeting on Sept. 26.

Meetings are held at the County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL, and the public is invited to attend.

Construction accident halts work on Halls River Bridge

Construction personnel deal with an accident at the site of Halls River Bridge construction. No injuries were reported. (CCSO photo on August 31, 2017)

A truck interrupted work on Thursday on the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa.

For the majority of the day, the construction-related accident made the bridge completely impassable.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office had to use other resources, such as launching boats from the fire departments, to ensure emergency services were available to those in need. Citrus County Road Maintenance and the construction company worked together to stabilize the incident and return travel to the bridge as quickly as possible.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

Duke Energy Florida eel grass giveaway

A young girl learns how to care for eelgrass from a Duke Energy Florida volunteer. (PHOTO: Heather Danenhower, Duke Energy Florida)

As part as Duke Energy’s commitment to the environment and community, the company’s Crystal River Mariculture Center will be giving away free eelgrass to local residents while supplies last.

Duke Energy, in partnership with Save Crystal River, will be teach Citrus County coastal residents how to harvest, grow and plant eelgrass.

Residents will receive both pots and bare root plants, along with supplies and instructions for planting and growing.

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