Weather alert: Flood warning issued for Manatee River at Rye Bridge

September 25, 2013 

A river flood warning has been issued for the Manatee River at the Rye Bridge, accorrding to the National Weather Service.

As of 12:30 p.m., the Weather Service said the flooding could be of a "moderate" severity. The warning is in effect until Saturday afternoon.

At 11 a.m., the river at Rye Bridge was at 12.3 feet, 1.3 feet above flood stage, and was forecast to rise to near 13.3 feet by midnight Thursday, before falling below flood stage on Saturday.

At 12.8 feet, water reaches the roadbed on the bridge, according to the Weather Service.

A river flood warning also remains in effect upriver at Myakka Head.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Manatee River at Myakka Head was at 14 feet, 3 feet above flood stage.

The Weather Service said the river was expected to begin falling below flood stage by Saturday

Other waters under flood warnings include the Myakka River at Myakka River State Park, and the Little Manatee River in Wimauma.

Also Wednesday, two highways that run through Myakka City are closed by high water over the roadways, Florida Highway Patrol said.

The westbound lanes of State Road 64 just west of Bear Bay Road, and State Road 70 east of Verna Road are closed, according to the FHP website.

More rain Wednesday is likely in Bradenton.

Weather Service forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 87. The chance of rain is 70 percent.

Wednesday night, forecasters are calling for a low of around 78. The chance of rain drops to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, the tropics are quiet, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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