BRIEF: Residents cautioned to monitor rising Chipola River
Feb 12, 2013 (Jackson County Floridan - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Jackson County Emergency Management is urging residents with property along the Chipola River to remain aware of rising water levels, especially later in the week.
In light of the volume of rain accompanying recent storms, JCEM Director Rodney Andreasen says folks should be prepared to take precautions to ensure property is safe and that they don't get trapped by any rising water that may cover roads near the river.
On Monday, the National Weather Service had more rain forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday.
The Chipola River, according to JCEM, is expected to reach action stage of 15 feet just before 4 p.m. Thursday and continue to rise to 16.4 feet just after 4 p.m. Friday.
Officials say the river is not expected to exceed flood stage (19 feet); however, because of rising water, animals, including various reptiles, could be forced out of areas that have not flooded in the past year.
The JCEM office urges residents to monitor the river's water level, exercise caution and secure property along the river's edge.
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