The flooded Withlacoochee River neared its projected crest Wednesday, with expectations that the floodwaters will begin to recede by the weekend.
At midday Wednesday, the river measured 17.65 feet at Trilby, where flood stage is 12 feet. At Croom, the river was at 11.16 feet; flood stage is 9 feet.
The river is expected to crest today at 17.7 feet at Trilby and at 11.3 feet at Croom.
Hernando County Emergency Management continues to have voluntary evacuation orders in place for several thousand residents along the river. Some have left; others have chosen to stay.
Over the years, the Withlacoochee has flooded several times after sustained heavy rainfall. Until this week, the highest crest in recent years was in September 2004 — 16.55 feet at Trilby and 11.9 feet at Croom.