Flooding causes river levels to rise

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Early Monday, the Chipola River in Jackson County was at 13 feet and is expected to reach more than 16 feet by 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Jackson County Emergency Management officials said the Chipola River is even higher in Altha. It's expected to reach more than 24 feet by Tuesday night.

The Apalachicola River near Blountstown could reach almost 19 feet by Tuesday morning.

With high water levels, emergency management officials are encouraging everyone to drive with extra caution.

"You don't know what's under that water and there may be a hole under that, so you don't want to cross into that and you don't want to cross a place where water's flowing across because it may not be a lot of water, but if it's flowing fast enough it could sweep you right off," Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen said.

With flooding, there is another concern.

"When you get flooding, you're also going to flush some of the animals out," Andreasen said. "It's starting to get warmer, so you're going to see the snakes come out and all the other animals so we've got to be careful about that."

The flooding has caused some road closures in Jackson County.

Dry Creek Road at Iron Bridge Road, Emily Road, Vicki Road and Fairview Road from Kynesville Road to Ontario Road are all closed until further notice.

Officials and crews are continuing to monitor the roadways to determine when it is safe for them to be reopened.