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Back-to-back hurricanes leave St. Johns River high, and possibly permanently altered

The St. Johns River.
University of North Florida
The St. Johns River

Parts of the St. Johns River remain in minor flood stage some six weeks after Hurricane Nicole.

Water levels remain elevated throughout the St. Johns River watershed, after hurricanes Ian in September and Nicole in November caused historic rainfall and flooding.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says after Hurricane Irma in 2017, the river remained high for such a long time scientists wondered whether the St. Johns was permanently altered.

“In some cases it is a new normal. It hasn’t returned back to its pre-Irma levels.”

She says it’s a similar situation now. The watershed is so flat it could take several more weeks for water levels to get back to normal -- if they do return to normal.

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications. She began her career at The Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. Amy grew up in Florida and lives in Orlando with her 7-year-old daughter.
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