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Santa Fe River Stops Short of Flooding I-75

September 14th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

Evacuees returning from out of state got some good news Thursday.

Flooding from the Santa Fe River has begun to recede ending the possibility of I-75 being shut down.

The receding waters will save those returning from hours of tiring travel.

The Santa Fe River came within several feet of flooding I-75 and forcing its closure.

Heavy rainfall from hurricane Irma caused the Sante Fe River to rise 15 feet in just 36 hours, threatening this small bridge and nearby highways.

A closure would have diverted traffic, adding hours for evacuees trip back home.

“Normally we would hit 441 to go to the back roads, but I understand there’s flooding on that as well so  it’s going to kind of be a challenge to figure out how to get home,” said Karen Booth, an evacuee returning to Port St. Lucie.

“I went to Louisiana and I’m coming back from Louisiana. I stayed over night in Tallahassee,” Eugene Breaux on his way back to St. James City.

The Florida Department of Transportation said Wednesday the river had begun to recede, allowing I-75 to remain open.


“Well that’s good news. I will take all the good news I can get right now. We’ve been traveling forever,” said David Albrecht, traveling back to Vero Beach.

The river didn’t level off in time to save every road, behind me this segment of US 41 is completely underwater. It’s the same story for a segment of US 27.

Many evacuees like Seth Kaufman have been on the road for days. He was exited to hear there wont be further delays getting home.

“I think everyone from South Florida that came up to Georgia is just going to be glad to get home and sleep in there beds, hopefully with electricity,” said Miami evacuee, Seth Kaufman.

The Florida Department of Transportation says it will continue to monitor the Santa Fe River and update motorists on road closures via twitter and on FL511.com.

The Florida DOT is also working closely with WAZE and Google Maps to get rerouteing information out to the public.

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