Flood stages are established by the National Weather Service based on input from the community and local emergency managers.
The District does not set flood stages, but we will support requests by local emergency managers to the National Weather Service.
"Rise to" means the river is expected to reach a certain level but could crest at an even higher level later on.
The Suwannee River Water Management District gets its crest predictions from the National Weather Service. These predictions are posted, along with river levels, on the District's website and on the Crests & Predictions page of National Weather Service during times of flooding or high water.
A toll-free recording at 800.604.2272 also provides the same information.
If more rain falls, the river could rise and crest again. Wind and high temperatures assist in evaporation of surface water and may speed the decline.
It is difficult to accurately predict when a river will be back to normal.