Road, bridge washed away by Debby reopen

Repairs to County Road 218, U.S. 301 bridge completed ahead of schedule

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nine days after Tropical Storm Debby dropped 20 or more inches of rain across North Florida, two of the major roads closed by washouts from the flood reopen. A few others remain impassable or under repair.

Clay County officials said repairs to County Road 218 in Middleburg were completed late Friday and the road opened to traffic.  They estimate fixing the washout will cost $200,000.

In Nassau County, a temporary bridge on U.S. Highway 301 bridge over Brandy Branch Creek in Bryceville was also completed Friday afternoon, two days ahead of schedule.

Daytime lane closures continue on State Road 51 as emergency repairs continue on the Suwannee River Ridge.

U.S. 90 remains closed by flooding five miles west of Live Oak and there are daytime closures on U.S. 129 while crews fill a sinkhole.

In Columbia County, State Road 247 remains impassable between County Roads 240 and 242.

In Lake Butler, the bridge near the Columbia/Union County line is closed, and also at the intersection of County Road 245 and State Road 238.

The National Weather Service allowed flood warnings for the St. Marys River to expire in Charlton County, Ga., but it remains in effect for Baker and Camden County. The Suwannee and Sante Fe rivers remain above flood stage and warnings continue until further notice in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia and Union counties.

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