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Flash floods in Liberty, Gadsden Counties close roads for hours

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 23:12:35-04

LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Roads are open again in Gadsden and Liberty Counties after inches of rain in a matter of hours led to flash flooding.

Florida Highway Patrol says it took roughly 15 minutes of heavy rain for the water to breach a bridge in Liberty County Tuesday evening.

Water was over bridge near the intersection of SR-267 and SR-20 by about 18 inches.

FHP Sgt. Brian Speigner says he’s never seen the water come up that fast in that location.

Florida Highway Patrol had to close those roads because water was rushing over during rush hour traffic thanks to four or five inches of rain that fell just that afternoon.

FHP said the calls about high water started coming in around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Speigner says he saw flooding in places that don't usually get high water.

"Locations where it came across today, I've had people who live in this area tell me they've never seen the water come across in those areas," said Speigner.

At one point, the water reached the guardrails on bridges along SR-20 and was moving fast enough to wash cars off the roads.

Fortunately, there were no reports of major damage or crashes.