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6-9-20

The Deluge

Downtown Live Oak after Tropical Storm Cristobal.
-Photo Submitted by Jeffery Waters, @JefferyWaters15


136 West in Suwannee County. Roadways with standing water are a familiar sight after Tropical Storm Cristobal’s tentacles dropped as much as 17 inches of rain on the North Florida area.
-Photo Submitted by Gabrielle Stevenson



Staff Reports

Tropical Depression Cristobal was hundreds of miles away from the North Florida area but still managed to dump twelve to seventeen inches of rain throughout Madison, Suwannee and surrounding counties. The deluge caused major flooding in some areas. I-10 eastbound and westbound lanes were closed between Live Oak and Madison due to standing water and water flowing onto the roadway of I-10 near the 273 mile marker in Suwannee County. The City of Live Oak was temporarily flooded with a number of other roadways being flooded and impassible even days later. Also, a number of sink holes opened up. One on 144th Street between 165th Road and CR 349, and had to be closed, according to Suwannee County Fire Rescue Health and Safety Officer Adam McCook.



Cristobal is the third named storm of what is expected to be an active hurricane season. It made landfall at 6:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, June 7, 2020, between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle, Louisiana with 50 mph winds. The massive storm swept up through the midwest reaching the Great Lakes in Michigan and on to Canada.



Authorities urge residents to remember to prepare for this hurricane season as it is predicted to be an active year.


Here is a list (as of the evening of June 9, 2020) of roadways closed in Suwannee County from Suwannee Fire Rescue