Under Water

@moffittjc (35771)
Gainesville, Florida
September 24, 2017 8:16pm CST
In the photo above is a suspension foot bridge over one of our local rivers, the Santa Fe. The bridge sits about 15 feet above the river. Due to the deluge of rain we received from Hurricane Irma, excessive flooding occurred in many areas of Florida, and our area was no exception. The Santa Fe crested about 20 feet over its normal levels, setting the all-time record for flooding. It may be hard to believe, but that bridge in the photo was about 5 feet under water at the height of the flooding! The river levels have since subsided, but the area where this photo was taken is still off limits due to the floods. And interestingly, even though the river levels continue to subside and return to normal levels, our lake levels continue to rise as the water from all over the area continues to make its way into the subterranean aquifer. My son and I spent the day checking out various areas around the outskirts of our city to view firsthand the flooding that resulted from the hurricane two weeks ago.
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@just4him (92532)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Sep
Wow! That's amazing. I see a dock. Can you swim there as well?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Sep
Yes, during normal circumstances, people can swim where the dock is. However, it's not much of a swimming area, as there are lots of protruding rocks. It's actually used more by kayakers and cancers than it is by swimmers.
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@just4him (92532)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Sep
@moffittjc Do you mean 'cancers' in your comment? I'm thinking maybe canoes?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Sep
@just4him Haha, yes...I meant to say canoes! Sometimes I don't take the time to proof my comments before I hit the send button! lol
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• United States
25 Sep
Doesn't look like the bridge or dock sustained damage from the flooding.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
That picture was taken the weekend before the hurricane hit. We can't get in there right now to see what the bridge looks like now since most of the area is still flooded. I'm sure there is a lot of damage, but that bridge has been standing since the early 1930s, so I think it will come through this round of flooding relatively unscathed!
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• United States
25 Sep
@moffittjc I hope that you can get to it and get some pics to share. How long do they estimate before things are back to normal?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@ElusiveButterfly It could be months before this one particular spot re-opens. Just downstream from this bridge the river disappears into the earth and goes underground for about three miles before it resurfaces and continues its journey. Because of all the flooding, the underground aquifer levels have risen substantially, meaning there isn't a whole lot of room for the water in the river to go when it disappears underground. So, unfortunately, the receding flood waters will take a long time in this particular area.
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@Courtlynn (51377)
• United States
25 Sep
Thats crazy!
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
If we were near the ocean, it would go back down quickly, because it would have an ocean to drain to. Our rivers don't have a quick dumping point, so it takes a while for the floodwaters to recede. Eventually, all that water will make its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
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@Courtlynn (51377)
• United States
25 Sep
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@YrNemo (8765)
25 Sep
Do alligators get into that lake? Take care. (Someone told me before that in Florida, wherever one sees water, one is likely to see alligators there. Frightened the hell out of me, since I visited that state of yours for a week in the past (some resorts!). Saw nothing that time thanks be to God!)
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
There are alligators in the Santa Fe River, and in all the lakes. It is true that if you see a body of water in Florida, then there is an alligator nearby!
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@YrNemo (8765)
25 Sep
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@vsai2008 (7610)
• India
25 Sep
It is really hard to believe that the bridge was under 5 feet of water Are the other areas good?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
There has been flooding all over, but so far everything seems good. Many houses along rivers and lakes received some damage from flooding, but overall it hasn't been as bad as it could have been. We were very well prepared for this hurricane.
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@vsai2008 (7610)
• India
25 Sep
@moffittjc I am happy that you all were prepared for it, that really helps a great deal in minimising the damage
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@Kandae11 (27294)
25 Sep
That is hard to believe yes - where did all that water come from?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Sep
Hurricane Irma unleashed torrential rains during its journey up the center of Florida. On top of that, we had already had a record rainy season, so the water levels were already high.
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@responsiveme (14461)
• India
25 Sep
Nature's destruction is terrible. Hope things are fast returning to normal
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Sep
I hope so too. The area where that picture was taken is one of my favorite areas. It's where I go to get away from the struggles of life.
@Llorakay (242)
• Makati, Philippines
25 Sep
Still have a nice view, considering it was affected by Hurricane.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
This picture was taken just before the hurricane hit. I haven't been able to get into the area yet to take a picture of what it looks like now, because the whole area is still flooded and off limits.
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@Srbageldog (5684)
• United States
25 Sep
Hopefully the bridge didn't get too damaged being underwater like that. There have been times when the river here nearly reached the bridge, but never went over it, at least not in my lifetime (the old bridge was underwater when it flooded in the 1950s.) It's scary when the water gets that high!
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
Since it really doesn't flood that often, it is hard for me to even fathom what it looks like now with the river at record levels. Adjacent to that foot bridge is a campground in a state park, and my son and I have reservations to camp there for a couple of days in mid October, less than a month from now. It will be interesting to see how much the landscape has changed in the campground once the flood waters recede.
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• United States
25 Sep
@moffittjc Our river bottoms were tore up after the high water levels this past winter. A lot of trees got uprooted and tore up the landscape. Hopefully the campgrounds there won't be too damaged! It's crazy how high water levels can change the landscape so drastically.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@Srbageldog That's what worries me most, the damage it will do to all the trees, especially if it takes a long while for all the floodwaters to recede. I don't know if it will end up killing most or all of the trees in the area due to them being submerged for many weeks at a time.
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@louievill (16341)
• Philippines
25 Sep
I could already imagine the strength of the current.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
There actually is very little to no current at this point of the river. Just downstream from the bridge in the picture, the river disappears underground and flows for 5 kilometers before resurfacing and continuing its journey to the ocean.
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@louievill (16341)
• Philippines
25 Sep
@moffittjc oh i see, so it rose 20 feet with no current just very high deph that's slowly moving till it subsides.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@louievill Yes. The reason the water level rose so high is because all that water had nowhere to go!
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25 Sep
I wonder if the alligators had fun meandering across it whilst it was submerged.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
I'm sure plenty of alligators have meandered across it! At another nearby park, they had a very large alligator get stuck in the railing of a boardwalk that wound through a swampy area, so wildlife officials had to go out in boats to where the alligator was stuck so they could free it.
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25 Sep
@moffittjc Yikes!
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Sep
@Poppylicious I'm sure all the alligators and snakes are loving life right now with all this water everywhere! It must be like heaven to them!
@peachpurple (10755)
• Malaysia
25 Sep
didn't the bridge break loose during the hurricane?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
No, it's still there. That bridge was built back in the 1930s, so it has withstood the test of time.
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@peachpurple (10755)
• Malaysia
25 Sep
@moffittjc wow, old bridge is still solid as a rock.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@peachpurple It's a suspension bridge, so that cables that are holding it up are anchored in bedrock, so I think that it will be just fine after the water level goes down.
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
25 Sep
Hard to believe that it's been two weeks already.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
I know, It still feels like it was yesterday when the hurricane struck!
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@fishtiger58 (30715)
• Momence, Illinois
27 Sep
@moffittjc I'm sure it does
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@HazySue (17190)
• United States
25 Sep
Now that's a lot of water. The legacy of Irma still lives on. I hope everyone around there are ok.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Sep
Yes, Irma is not going to go away quietly in the night...
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@snowy22315 (34479)
• United States
25 Sep
That is truly amazing! I bet it has left a real mess in it's wake.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
26 Sep
We won't know the full extent of the flood damage until the water finally recedes in a few weeks. I just hope it doesn't mess up the landscape too much.
@vandana7 (57528)
• India
25 Sep
Oh junior...that must have really disturbed the region..sad...you all have both flooding as well as tornadoes...if you all basement, they would all be flooded...if you all build high, tornadoes rip them...
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
Whether we build high or low, we're still at the mercy of mother nature!
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@Jackalyn (6669)
• Oxford, England
25 Sep
This really brings it home how serious the floods are. Oxford had a road that used to flood and it wrecked the homes there several times, but we have never had anything like this. I do hope your own home was safe.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
Yes, my home was safe from not only the winds of the hurricane, but from the floods as well. My house is high and dry right now, and all my trees are still standing. I had no damage at all from the hurricane.
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@UncleJoe (8640)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
25 Sep
Virginia Beach experienced a lot of flooding. Right now, from the sand all the way out as far as the eye can see, the whole Atlantic Ocean is still underwater.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
You forgot about Bermuda. It did not flood there! lol
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@andriaperry (33397)
• Anniston, Alabama
25 Sep
Nothing is ever the same after floods.
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
That is true! Flooding usually changes everything, including the landscape and the layout of the land.
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@kepweng (6444)
25 Sep
beatiful photo this is one the best place to think relax unwind cause of the sceney and wind can you swim in thier and jump in bridge?
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@moffittjc (35771)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
Yes, under normal circumstances this is a very serene place, and one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy nature!
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