On Wednesday, September 1, the Duke Energy Crystal River Energy Complex received approximately 6 inches of rain over a 12-hour period.
As a result, two water harvesting systems at the Citrus combined cycle station could not cope with the rain and overflowed for about two hours, Duke spokeswoman Heather Danenhower said. The overflow was contained within the boundaries of the site.
The station returned to normal operation after the rain stopped, and workers are now planning to make changes to the design of the systems so they can hold more water.
Danenhower said Duke reported the issue to the Florida State Watch Office and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Meanwhile, evidence of Wednesday’s torrential rains continues to be seen across the county. Homosassa, Crystal River and inland areas still experience puddles on the roads and standing water.
This year, Citrus County is set to receive over 60 inches of rain, according to Dr. Mark Fulkerson, chief professional engineer for the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).
As of June 1, parts of the Withlacoochee River watershed have already received over 40 inches of rain “and there is still a month left for our rainy season,” Fulkerson said.
According to a county spokesperson,
Due to heavy rainfall, Citrus County Road Maintenance closed North Turkey Oak Drive from Crystal River High Drive to Northeast 5th Avenue until the flooding subsided. Drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes.
On Friday September 3, traffic was diverted around flooded roads along the West Homosassa Trail.