SWFWMD – High Water Update

High Water Update

With all the rainfall we’ve had lately, and what is forecasted, I wanted to send you a quick update.

Please note that the current high water is not isolated to the Withlacoochee River system. The Peace, Myakka, Manatee, Alafia and Hillsborough Rivers (within our District) have already reached flood stage. Flooding is also occurring in numerous low-lying areas near wetlands, swamps or other generally low areas throughout our 16-county region. This high water is a natural response to the rainfall our region has been receiving. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your property, because its only mid-August and more rain is on the way.


  • The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall across our region through the weekend and our area is under a flood watch.
  • Our region’s soils are already saturated, swamps are full, and water levels are up due to above average rainfall over the past several months.
  • Additional high rainfall has the potential to cause flooding along rivers and lakes or in other low-lying areas.

Published by Peter Cavalli, MPA

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