Flooding major concern across Central Florida

By Christina Jensen, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017, 10:51 AM EDT

Officials and homeowners are doing what they can as flooding has become a major concern throughout Central Florida on Friday.

In Seminole County, officials are keeping a close eye on the St. John's River, which could fill Lake Harney and cause even more problems for homeowners in Geneva.

The town of Geneva is surrounded by that river, which dumps water into Lake Jesup and Lake Harney.

The Florida Highway Patrol have been keeping a close eye on State Road 46 in Brevard County. The St. John's River is about a quarter mile back there.

Water can be seen spilling over its banks and approaching State Road 46. However, the good news is the FHP is keeping the road open at least for now.

According to weather experts, the water level of the St. John's River near Lake Harney is at about 10 feet, 2 inches. Right now that is considered major flood stage.

Kim Montes with FHP told News 13 troopers have been closely monitoring the water level near State Road 46 in Seminole County since Tuesday. Patrols will continue through the weekend as the water level is expected to rise. This

That water is expected to rise another 2 inches by Sunday.

However, the water level is not expected to rise to the record level recorded by the National Weather Service of 11 inches.

That is when many saw major flooding from the river back in 2008 following Tropical Storm Fay.

Meanwhile, people who live in this area near Lake Harney are still seeing floodwaters in their backyards.

"It's been nonstop rain, and pretty much bashing us to pieces. You can let yourself be discouraged, but this is our home and we have to do what we can do to keep it safe, keep it dry," said homeowner Gayle Hankins.

The Space Coast is also watching out for more flooding and it is not what people there want to see after Hurricane Irma and more strong storms over the past few weeks.

Brevard County is once again setting up a sandbag location for residents preparing for more rain. This is the third time over the past few weeks that residents have had to deal with the threat of flooding.

And that is why people are not taking any chances.

"It's frustrating. I don't mean no harm, but every time we leave and it's raining, we are scared when we get back it's going to be a flood in the house," Sam Brown said.

Brown is waiting for FEMA to give him damage estimates, but that could take a few more weeks.

Sandbag distribution locations

Brevard sandbag site: Across the street from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Jail Complex at 860 Camp Road in Sharpes. BCSO staff will be on site to direct motorists. Officials are distributing them on Friday until 5 p.m. Friday or until supplies run out. Vehicles will be limited to 10 sandbags, which will be prepared and loaded in your vehicle at no cost.

Seminole County sandbags sites:

  • Fort Lane Park, 3301 Fort Lane Park, Geneva, near the intersection of Whitcomb Road and Fort Lane Road (sandbags and fill dirt supplied)
  • Seminole County Sports Complex, 3450 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford. Enter through Cameron Avenue. (Fill dirt available but no bags at this location; if residents need bags, free ones to fill are available at the Public Safety Building, 150 Bush Blvd., Sanford).

Residents are urged to bring a shovel and fill their own bags.

Free blue tarps are also available for Seminole residents, while supplies last, at the Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford. Residents must show identification of residency in Seminole County. Call 407-665-5102 for more information.