FHP: I-75 May Be Closed Due To Rising Santa Fe River

Rising waters could force stretch of I-75 to close

Rising waters could force stretch of I-75 to close

The Florida Department of Transportation says rising river waters could force the closure of a large portion of Interstate 75, north of the Gainesville area.

Drivers who are trying to work their way back into South Florida after fleeing Hurricane Irma are facing some clogged roadways and now may have to deal with a section of Interstate 75 closing.

Additional bridges may be impacted, including U.S. Highway 27, U.S. Highway 47, State Road 47 and possibly U.S. Highway 121.

"The river is expected to crest at historic and unprecedented levels presenting a potential threat to the safety of travel on this bridge", the statement says.

According to officials, the Santa Fe River has risen 15 feet in the past 36 hours due to heavy rain fall. The agency is monitoring, and it's possible a portion of I-75 from south of Interstate 10 and north of Alachua County can completely shut down.

Other bridges could also be impacted by the floodwaters, officials said.

The river level is now safe at 55 feet but if it rises to an unsafe level it would be shut down in both directions, officials said.

We have attached a detour map in case I-75 does flood.

The Santa Fe River behind Cora and Michael David's High Springs home earlier today.

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