Flooding affecting Levy County residents

LEVY COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - Heavy rains have caused flooding in areas of North Central Florida.

In Levy County, some roads are completely underwater.

“So we’ve had quite a few people affected on the west side of US-19,” said Assistant Director of Emergency Management for Levy County David Peaton. "We don’t have a real estimate on the number of people, but if you live in the Gulf Hammock, Rosewood, south of Chiefland there, most of the people are affected in some way, shape or form.”

For resident affected by the flooding, emergency management is advising that you stay in your home, and if you absolutely have to leave, be very cautious when driving through the water, and never walk through it.

”Not sure on exactly how deep the water is. It varies depending on where it is,” said Peaton. "The biggest thing to remember is that just a couple inches of water can be dangerous. So whether it’s two inches deep or two feet deep, still need to make sure that you’re taking those precautions.”

Peaton says because flooding is common in Florida, and especially in coastal areas, it's important to have a plan for the next time this happens.

That means having a food and water supply and checking your home insurance policy to make sure you have flood coverage.