Flooding remains major issue in Central Florida following Hurricane Irma

Water rising in several rivers, lakes

By Cathleigh Winningham - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, concerns over flooding continue across Central Florida.

Several counties are keeping a close eye on the St. John's River, where a flood warning remains in effect. Rising water from the river has been blamed for flooding dozens of homes in both Seminole and Lake counties. 

In Osceola County, there's growing concerns over the water level in Shingle Creek. Over the weekend, the water swelled to nearly a foot above its historic level of 61 feet, which it reached last week.  

Meanwhile, voluntary evacuation orders were issued over the weekend in Sumter County for people along the Withlacoochee River. Officials are warning rising water could flood as many as 2,000 homes this week. The river is expected to crest on Wednesday. 

In Altamonte Springs, several residents at the Royal Arms Condos told News 6 that water outside their homes is continuing to rise. People who live in the complex have had to wade through knee-deep water in some spots after nearby Lake Orienta overflowed.  Management told News 6 they are providing temporary housing until the water can drain. 

 

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