Evacuations possible in Citrus Co. near Withlacoochee River

The water is expected to rise through Wednesday, and deputies say residents may have to evacuate.

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office sent out a warning to residents, saying the Withlacoochee River is causing dangerous conditions and evacuations are possible.

The sheriff’s office says water is already reported around and in homes near Istachatta and Trails End Road in Floral City as the river continues to rise. Areas to the north, including Arrowhead, may see more rising water and potential flooding.

They say the river near Arrowhead will reach 8 feet by Wednesday morning, which would send water to homes and flood roadways.

If you need shelter if an evacuation is called, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at 352-726-1121 to make arrangements.

Meanwhile, sandbag locations will be open starting today at 1pm. The sandbag sites are located at East Spruce Drive Boat Ramp in Dunnellon and at the East Citrus Community Center on Hwy 44 East in Inverness.

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