Officials keeping an eye on Santa Fe River

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are keeping an eye on the Santa Fe River for potential flooding, as flood waters began receding in north Florida and moving downstream.

Officials are warning residents to stay out of rivers, as flood waters can carry debris, chemicals, waste and snakes.

Gov. Charlie Crist has requested federal aid to remove debris and repair roads, bridges and other public property ravaged by storms and floodwaters across 11 north Florida counties.

A series of storms and overflowing rivers has produced record floods over the past two weeks, matching or topping those caused by Tropical
Storm Fay in the same region last August.

As of Sunday, U.S. 90 remained closed near the Madison and Suwannee county line, as did more than 250 roads and 24 bridges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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