Rising St. Johns River may prompt closure of SR 46 in Seminole County

Hurricane Irma dumps heavy rain on Central Florida

By Mark Lehman - Reporter

GENEVA, Fla. - As waters from the St. Johns River continue to rise following Hurricane Irma, troopers are issuing a warning for a major roadway in Seminole County.

The Florida Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation said Thursday that officials are monitoring State Road 46 near Lake Harney in Geneva and may have to shut the road down if the rising water gets too close.

As of Thursday afternoon, troopers and FDOT engineers said there have been no issues with water on the roadway and none are anticipated the rest of the day. 

"S.R. 46 remains open," officials said. "We will continue to monitor this area, and if anything changes, we will let you know."

A river flood warning remains in effect for the St. Johns River near Cocoa, Geneva, Sanford, DeLand and Astor.

Widespread heavy rainfall from Hurricane Irma has resulted in continued runoff into the river basin.

The river is forecast to keep rising until early next week to 5.1 feet above flood stage in DeLand.

Troopers said if a decision is made to close the road, it would likely be on State Road 46 between Jungle Road and the Seminole/Brevard County line.

If the roadway is closed, an alternate east-west route would be State Road 50 to the south and Maytown Road to the north.

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