Flooding closes US 27, US 41 as Floridians try to get home

Evacuees might have to take detours if I-75 shuts down.

The Florida Highway Patrol says "unprecedented flooding" has led to the closure of U.S. 27 and U.S. 41 in the area of the Santa Fe River in Alachua County. 

The flooding could lead to more of I-75 being closed.

"The Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly risen 15 feet within the past 36 hours due to the heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma," Highway Patrol Spokesman Steve Gaskins said.

Other bridges, including S.R. 47, could be impacted, Gaskins said. There’s also a chance U.S. 121 could be impacted.

The river will likely crest at historic levels, Florida Department of Transportation officials said. “The Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly risen 15 feet within the past 36 hours due to the heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma,” the officials said. 

In addition to this issue, Glynn County in Georgia has flooding from Irma, which has necessitated closing exits.

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