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Flooding Could Close I-10

April 8th, 2009 by flanews

Drivers in North Florida may find east-west travel difficult. Rising water from last weeks record rain is threatening to close Interstate 10 and US Highway 90, severing the panhandle from the rest of the state. As Whitney ray tells us, people traveling for Easter may want to prepare an alternate route or stay home.

Even though the rain has stopped, rising water could force Interstate 10 to be closed for the weekend. More than 250 roads and 25 bridges are already closed. The Department of Transportation is asking people not to drive in flooded areas.

We are working with our local law enforcement partners and our emergency responders to look at alternative routes should the road or bridges have to be closed due to flood waters, said Kevin Thibault the Deputy Secretary of DOT.

At this point along Highway 90, the water is just 10 feet from the road. And it continues to rise. Emergency crews fear, by Thursday, parts of Highway 90 and Interstate 10 will be under water.

Larry Kidd has lived near the Suwannee River thirty years and hes never seen the water this high.

Ive never had waterfront property, so I hope I dont, joked Kidd.

Melinda Grays two kids are on spring break near Panama City. She planned to pick them up Saturday. Her plans have changed.

We said we were going to do it Friday, and now the sheriff is coming saying it could be flooded by Friday; now we are going to have to do it tomorrow instead, said Gray.

While Melinda wants her kids home, emergency mangers say it you dont have to travel north Florida this weekend, dont. The Governor has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties. Water flowing into the effected area is expected to continue for at least the next 10 days.

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