I-75 in north Florida may close for flooding


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Rain from Hurricane Irma has engorged the Santa Fe River, imperiling an Interstate 75 bridge that traverses the waterway, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said.

Officials say, if the river rises to an unsafe level, bridges will be impassable for both northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 and the interstate would be closed immediately.

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.

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

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FDOT says it is "actively working with WAZE, Google Maps, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transportation industry partners to communicate the potential reroutes to the public".

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

All road closures and travel tours will be posted on FL511.com.

WUFT News will update this story as further information becomes available.