Santa Fe River Flooding Threatens I-75, Closes U.S 41 and U.S 27
TALLAHASSEE — A rapidly rising stream — caused by the historic flooding that Jacksonville saw Monday — threatens to force thirty-six miles of interstate seventy-five to finish off in north-central Florida, from interstate ten in Lake town south to U.S. 441 in Alachua.
The swelling state capital stream, which closed two nearby highways late Wednesday, was the newest headache for motorists traveling back south once evacuating as a result of cyclone Irma.
Stretches of U.S. 41 and U.S. 27 north of High Springs — on the border of Alachua and Columbia counties — were blocked off as a result of rising water below bridges that spanned the Sante Fe, state officers same. Drivers were re-routed on native detours.
Officials same late Wednesday that I-75 would stay open, however, it might still be closed if the Santa fe was continuing its rise. Associate degree estimate of once it’s shut wasn’t offered.
Closing this stretch of I-75 would force drivers onto long detours that could add as much as two hundred or three hundred miles to an already-grueling trip home.
The stream is the border between Alachua and Columbia counties.
Further east, many residents around larger Jacksonville were stunned by flooding that blocked streets and ruined homes. Residents of Black Creek within the Clay County community of Middleburg had solely forty minutes to evacuate.
Scott toured the creek by boat Wednesday morning and was glad nobody was killed.
“No, I might not decide this an unforeseen event. We’ve celebrated this can be happening, what we tend to didn’t understand was whether it was going to rise to the extent of I-75 closing,” same Alachua County spokesperson Mark Sexton.
Florida Department of Transportation workers say I-75 north and southward area unit still open. However, they’re observance the stream as water levels rise.