Gainesville Fire Rescue

Weekend storms cause North Florida flooding, some damage

Santa Fe Flood Warning issued, Ormond man injured when tree falls on him

July 23, 2018 - 10:00 am

GAINESVILLE – Severe storms Sunday dumped up to 8 inches of rain on areas of Suwannee, Columbia, Gilchrist, Taylor, Dixie and Union counties.  Flooding will be a concern for areas along the Santa Fe River. 

Most areas dealt with heavy rains through most of Sunday afternoon, and minor flooding was reported.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Santa Fe River near Worthington Springs and high Springs affecting Alachua and Union counties, and the Santa Fe River near O`Leno State Park affecting Alachua and Columbia counties.

The Santa Fe has risen above flood stage, and is expected to peak Tuesday evening through Thursday. Several roads and trails are covered in and near O’Leno State Park, and swimming is hazardous.

Gainesville Fire Rescue answered several calls for wind damage in the 8400 block of NW 13th Street. A strong storm ripped through a trailer park around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and scattered debris in the area.

Two people were injured when a tree fell on them during a thunderstorm. Ormond Beach police spokesman Keith Walker told news outlets that 56-year-old James Allen was taken to a hospital for treatment on Sunday afternoon. He says Walker and another person were unloading furniture from a truck in the driveway when the tree fell. The second person suffered minor injuries.


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