Flooding could close I-75 as Floridians try to get home

Rising waters could force stretch of I-75 to close

Rising waters could force stretch of I-75 to close

The river is now at 55 feet but if it were to rise to an unsafe level, officials say it would be closed immediately for both northbound and southbound traffic south of I-10 and north of USA 441.

Scott said a geological survey is being done Wednesday, and it should be known within 30 hours whether the river is cresting too high and the interstate needs to be closed in both directions.

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"The river levels aren't threatening to come over the bridge, but ... the potential threat is they may rise up to the lower structure part of the bridge", Tom Mirti, division director of water resources at the Suwannee River district, told WUFT News by phone.

The flooding would also cause closures and extensive rerouting of traffic on USA 27, US 41, S.R. 47 and possibly US 121 as the routes would be considered impassable.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is closely monitoring the Sante Fe River under I-75 near mile mark 408 in Alachua County. "Any Floridian planning on traveling to Central or Southern Florida should consider traveling southbound on I-95", the release said.

In addition, they should monitor river levels and flood forecasts online or by calling 1-800-604-2272 or 386-362-6626, he added.

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As always, use www.FL511.com to get up-to-date information on this and other road closures.

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