Two days after I-10 in Baker County and Columbia counties were closed by flooding, the the Florida Highway Patrol reopened the interstate to traffic.
The Florida Highway Patrol shut down 28 miles of Interstate 10 from U.S. 90 in Baker County to the Interstate 75 interchange in Columbia County early Tuesday morning due to standing water from the torrential rains of Tropical Storm Debby.
About 8 a.m. Thursday, the FHP opened the westbound lanes, and it reopened the eastbound lanes about 10:45 a.m.
Dozens of other area roads across northeast Florida remain closed due to flooding or washouts, riverfront homes in Baker, Clay and Nassau counties are evacuated, and the Red Cross has opened several shelters.
- State Road 121 at the Georgia line is closed because the bridge is closed
- County Road 127 closed just outside Sanderson due to bridge washed out
The St. Marys River near Macclenny was at 24.2 feet at 9:45 p.m. Thursday -- 12 feet above flood stage and breaking the all-time 23.2-foot crest in 1964. The waters are expected to rise another couple of inches before slowly receding, but will be in what is considered major flood range through the weekend.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at Macclenny Elementary School on Wildkitten Drive.
Road closings (as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday):
- 103rd Street westbound lanes partially closed
- U.S. 1 (Kings Road) at the pump station is closed
- Roosevelt Boulevard northbound ramp to I-10 is closed
Late Wednesday afternoon, tThe city of Jacksonville released the following list of additional closings:
- Imeson Road and Pritchard Road
- Ortega Farms Boulevard and Timuquana Road
- 118th Street west of Firestone Road
- Pecan Park Road
- Harrell Street
- 5800 Collins Road
- The intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Collins Road is open for local traffic only
A Red Cross shelter is open at Evangel Temple at 5755 Ramona Blvd., off I-10 and Lane Avenue.
From crews' reports, one home in the Boone Park area has been destroyed. Another home in the McCoys Creek area has suffered major damage, and 11 properties in Boone Park and McCoy's Creek have suffered minor damage from flooding. A fixed base operator hangar at Jacksonville International Airport also suffered wind damage. Commercial air service was not impacted.
The University of North Florida campus was closed until noon Wednesday. Further updates about the status of UNF classes will be posted at unf.edu.
The Duval County Health Department reminds residents that flood waters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria and viruses.
Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services division is asking anyone who may have lost a dog in the storm to contact the city shelter by calling 904-630-CITY (2489) or by visiting the shelter at 2020 Forest Street. The shelter is at capacity as Animal Control officials experienced a much higher than normal intake due to storm conditions. The intake fee will be waived for anyone coming to collect their pet within 24 hours of impound.
After more than 20 inches of rain fell in three days, city crews are working to replace dislocated road barricades while looking for fresh potholes, broken sidewalks, clogged storm drains and other potential safety hazards.