Withlacoochee River surpasses 17 feet at major flood stage

The struggle to get back to normal is hard for people that live along the Withlacoochee River.

TRILBY, Fla. -- It's been decades since the Withlacoochee River last reached a major flood stage of more than 17 feet.

The west Florida river at Trilby reached 17.14 feet Monday, Sept. 18. It last neared this level on Aug. 5, 1960, when it crest at 17.25 feet.

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.

More: Hernando Co. officials going door-to-door to get people to evacuate

It's possible at least 1,900 properties along the river could flood as the river rises even more. Forecasters expect the river to 17.5 feet during the day Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Residents in need of a shelter can go to the Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd, in Brooksville.

The Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. was designated as the original evacuation shelter. As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the shelter was shut down due to low demand after only two evacuees checked into the shelter. 

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