Tracking Idalia

Hurricane Idalia floods streets in Crystal River

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — Hurricane Idalia brought severe flooding to Crystal River and other areas in Citrus County.



Channel 9 reporter Shannon Butler saw water levels rising fast.

Butler reported that water came out on the main road, Suncoast Boulevard, in just an hour.

Channel 9 saw Crystal River residents walking back to check on their properties and see if they could salvage anything.

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County officials shared on social media photos of the severe flooding in some areas, with cars flooded almost to the top.

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Officials warned drivers not to head out on the flooded roads and to stay home until the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says it is safe.

The sheriff’s office said that US HWY 19 from CR-488 (West Dunnellon Road) to West Venable Street in Crystal River is closed due to the increasing water levels.

Also, the roadway from West Gulf to Lake HWY (SR-44) to US HWY 19 is closed.

According to a news release, water levels might continue to increase with the impacts of high tide Wednesday afternoon.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

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