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September 26, 2003
Contact:  Henry Cabbage (850) 488-8843

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will lift an emergency order that closed the Withlacoochee River to all vessel traffic because of severe flooding.  Vessel traffic can resume at midnight Saturday.

An idle-speed, no-wake restriction will remain in effect temporarily from two miles north to four miles south of S.R. 200 while the water level continues to recede.

The FWC issued the emergency order to close part of the river in late August because high water resulted in submerged structures, such as docks and seawalls, posing navigation hazards to vessels.  In addition, boat traffic on the flooded river can damage flooded homes and cause pollution and erosion.





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