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UPDATE: 4pm 10/1

The Myakka River flooding under I-75 has caused I-75 to close in both directions. The main flooding goes from mile marker 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd) to mile marker 193 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd). See below for detours, or look for alternate routes. The detours will be in place until the water recedes.

Here are the official detours according to a FDOT Press Release:

Motorists traveling southbound on I-75:

  • A detour will be established at exit 257 (Brandon) to re-route motorists east on S.R. 60 to U.S. 98.
  • If a motorist chooses to continue southbound on I-75, they will only be able to travel as far as exit 193 (Englewood / Jacaranda Blvd).
  • At exit 193, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return northbound.

Motorists traveling northbound on I-75:

  • A detour will be established at exit 141 (Palm Beach Blvd) to re-route motorists east on S.R. 80 / U.S. 27 to U.S. 98.
  • If a motorist chooses to continue northbound on I-75, they will only be able to travel as far as exit 179 (North Port / Toledo Blade Blvd).
  • At exit 179, motorists will be forced to exit and turn around and return southbound.

Some photos are starting to emerge showing the flooding on I-75. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported Saturday (10/1) are saying that there was a possibly levee break that is causing the flooding around the Myakka River and I-75.

Please be careful if you HAVE TO drive through standing water. If you can turn around you should. A good rule of thumb, if you can’t tell how deep the water is, don’t drive through it. According to the National Weather Service, “just six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.”


Tampa Bay Businesses Donating Proceeds To Hurricane Ian Reflief

Multiple Tampa Bay businesses are donating proceeds to Hurricane Ian relief efforts. Many residents of Tampa Bay woke up feeling extremely grateful that the worst of Hurricane Ian missed them. But unfortunately the same cannot be said to our friends south of us. Every day we are discovering more catastrophic damage and casualties to the southwest coast. With the help of Creative Loafing, we made a list of local businesses that are using a portion of their sales to help others.

We know if the storm had kept moving in its original track, our neighboring communities would do the same. If you are unable to volunteer or donate to any Hurricane Ian relief efforts, consider visiting any of these Tampa Bay businesses and making a purchase that will ultimately help others. Here are the businesses that we know of (so far) that are donating all of or a portion of their weekend proceeds.

If you are able, please consider donating to the Red Cross Hurricane Ian relief efforts. Click here for more information.

Rachel PItts is a 20+ year radio veteran covers all things Philly for Beasley Media Group Philadelphia as the Digital Program Director. This includes 97.5 The Fanatic, WMMR, WMGK, 92.5 XTU and BEN FM. A graduate from the Universaity of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. Previously was the Digital Program Director for Beasley Media Group Tampa. Has been the co-host of "Theme Parks & Rec Podcast" and of the Tampa Bay Lightning backed podcast called, "Game Mizconduct".

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