ASTOR — The National Weather service has issued a flood warning for the St. Johns River near Astor. The river is forecast to recede mid-week before starting a slow rise into the weekend.
At 3.5 feet, moderate flooding occurs in many yards and streets along the river, and when canals flood, water can enter the first floor of low lying homes. Flooding has already been reported at docks and yards at condominiums on Juno Trail and docks at the Astor Bridge Marina. Roads are flooded in South Moon Fish Camp and starting to move over the sea wall at Blair’s Jungle Den.
A no wake zone is being enforced on the St. Johns River until further notice. An idle-speed, no-wake zone means a vessel may not travel faster than required to maintain steerageway and headway.
A voluntary evacuation order remains in effect for the Astor and Lake George areas.
Those choosing not to evacuate may be faced with impassable roads and flooding, and may not be able to be reached by first responders in the event of an emergency.
Before flooding occurs, move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Just six inches of moving water can knock people down and two feet of water can sweep vehicles away.
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