Water district reports on high-water levels

By Mark Fulkerson, Ph.D., P.E.,
Southwest Florida Water Management District

The current high water is not isolated to the Withlacoochee River system.

The Peace, Myakka, Manatee, Alafia and Hillsborough Rivers (within our District) have already reached flood stage.

Flooding is also occurring in numerous low-lying areas near wetlands, swamps or other generally low areas throughout our 16-county region. This high water is a natural response to the rainfall our region has been receiving. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your property, because its only mid-August and more rain is on the way.

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USDA flexibly supporting farmers, ranchers in flooded areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 15, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019.
Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or for two months, until November 30, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019.

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County health officials warn of mosquito-borne illness

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) today advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Citrus County.

Several sentinel chicken flocks have tested positive for West Nile virus infection. The risk of transmission to humans has increased.

Citrus County Mosquito Control District and DOH-Citrus continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

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Report: Farmers Prevented from Planting Crops on More than 19 Million Acres

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time last year.

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County closes temporary animal shelter, old one back in business

Animal Services is closing their temporary shelter at the Fire Station located at 9658 S. Pleasant Grove Road in Inverness.

Residents looking for their lost pet, or who would like to adopt a pet, are asked to visit the official Citrus County Animal Shelter at 4030 S. Airport Rd., Invernessl.

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Citrus Dems slate Blue Gala dinner

The Citrus County Democratic Party is hosting a Blue Gala Dinner on Sept. 21 at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 4705 W Gulf to Lake Hwy., Lecanto.

Reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.

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