Flooding from Hurricane Irma could close I-75

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

A small bridge on I-75 could have a huge impact on Florida evacuees desperately trying to go home.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) says the Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly rise 15 feet within the last 36 hours.

Travelers are advised to avoid those areas and stay informed about detours that could be put into place.

FDOT and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are continuing to monitor the water levels and the safety of the affected bridges. That flooding "could potentially force Interstate 75 to completely shut down south of Interstate 10 and north of Alachua in north-central Florida", the Times explains. Additional bridges that may be impacted include those along USA 27, US 41, Florida 47 and possibly USA 121.

Both north and southbound lanes of the interstate at the State Fe River would be closed. And in the event that I-75 closes, multiple detours will be set up.The Florida Department of Transportation is working with WAZE, Google Maps, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transportation industry partners to communicate potential detours to motorists.

This rise in water on the river is "historic and unprecedented", an emergency warning from Gilchrist County officials said.

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