Tavares – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the St. Johns River near Astor until further notice.
The river has reached minor flooding stage at 2.3 feet. Low lying streets and yards north of Fox Road on the Lake County side of Astor, and from River Road northward on the Volusia side of the river could experience minor flooding. At this stage, water could begin to cover docks at South Moon Fishing Camp.
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.
Before flooding occurs, residents in the area are urged to immediately move to higher 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.
To sign up for the latest emergency notifications, visit www.alertlake.com. For more information about Emergency Management, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/emergency and follow Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLEmergencyManagement and www.twitter.com/lakeemergency. For the latest information, residents can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999.