4,000 Floridians Urged To Evacuate As River Reaches Major Flooding Stage

As if a direct hit from Hurricane Irma wasn't enough for the state of Florida in terms of evacuations... 

Thousands of Florida residents are being urged to evacuate due to the overflowing Withlacoochee River.

Hernando County Sheriff's officials say the river has reached major flood stage at the Trilby gauge (at 16.79 feet). Officials say the last time the river experienced this level of flooding was the 2004 hurricane season.

The river is expected to continue rising throughout the next week and eventually reach 17.6 feet.

The crest is then expected to last two days before receding.

Water is already covering the streets and as high as mailboxes in some places. 

Four thousand residents in the Brooksville area are under a voluntary evacuation. Authorities said more than 1,900 properties could flood.

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