The Alafia River is prone to flooding like any other river. Hillsborough County has maintained the river water levels with daily readings since 1933!
The USGS National Water Dashboard shows these daily heights as well as other water measurements such as the temperature and rate of flow. This exhibit shows the top 3 water level heights on the river since 1933. The top of the blue line illustrates the water level. Interestingly the last several big floods have all been about 28 years apart.
Those that have lived in River Hills for a while will remember the flood of September 2017. It flooded all the homes across the street from the main entrance and many other areas in Valrico and Brandon. One of the pictures below shows 2020 Trail Leader Sean Troyer standing on top of this bench.
This exhibit and all the amenities of the Trail system is maintained by volunteers. Students can receive Bright Future Service hours for helping. Follow Trail Events and contact the Trail leaders at the TRAILS OF RIVER HILLS Facebook page. Special thanks to Trail Artisan Amanda Seeley for creating these signs.