Most east-west roads for Brevard, Orange open as flooding continues

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One of the major east-west highways in northern Brevard County remains closed as flooding continues along the St. Johns River and surrounding wetlands following Hurricane Ian earlier this week .

“It’s still flooded,” said Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Tara Crescenzi. Crescenzi said most major east-west roads in Brevard, including State Routes 192, 520 and 528, were open to traffic except for minor flooding in some locations in Orange County. Street flooding also continues to plague parts of Orange and northern Osceola counties.

Residents were urged to check with Florida 511 and area media to follow up-to-date traffic reports. But floodwaters cut off State Road 46, a direct thoroughfare from Mims to Sanford that crosses the St. Johns.

“We hope things will roll back soon,” Crescenzi said.

Already, the Space Coast is under a flood warning through Tuesday morning, which means minor flooding is expected to continue along the St. Johns River as runoff from the storm continues. to make their way through the surrounding waterways. Chances of rain are also expected to increase for Brevard by Monday evening.

After: Flood warning issued for part of Brevard County near Cocoa along the Saint John River

After: Born in a hurricane: Grant-Valkaria’s first mom welcomes baby amid Hurricane Ian

The St. Johns River, which runs 310 miles from Nassau County to Indian River County, flows along the western spine of the Space Coast.

National Weather Service officials in Melbourne note that flooding will continue along the St. Johns River basin. Flooding near the western edge of Cocoa is expected to continue early in the week before receding further by Wednesday. Waters were at 16 feet on Sunday, with a high of 16.1 feet.

Residents are also urged not to walk, swim or drive through floodwaters, most of which may be contaminated with raw sewage or chemicals.

JD Gallop is a criminal justice/Breaking News reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or [email protected] Twitter: @JDGallop.

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