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Published on June 12, 2024
I-95 Southbound at Griffin Road Shut Down Due to Severe Flooding in Dania Beach, Drivers DetouredSource: Google Street View

On Wednesday afternoon, a section of Interstate 95 Southbound at Griffin Road in Dania Beach was closed by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation due to significant flooding issues, impacting traffic and local commutes. According to Local 10, the heavy rains caused such water accumulation that vehicles could no longer safely pass, prompting the intervention.

Southbound drivers are being forced to go back at Sunrise Boulevard as their usual path had been submerged by unrelenting waters, and they're allowed to re-enter I-95 at Stirling Road. This detour was shared by CBS News Miami, who also noted that the implemented closure would persist until further notice, or until the interstate could properly drain and deemed safe to travel. There was at least one vehicle reported to have been overcome by the flooding; however, no injuries were reported.

The situation on the ground was critical enough to require the dispatch of contractors who are set to address the overwhelmed drainage system. "Contractors are enroute to pump the drainage system," reported Local 10's Lt. Indiana Miranda in an email about the evolving condition on I-95. The commitment to swift action reflects the urgency of restoring one of the state's major arteries to operational status.

In the meantime, officials have not been able to provide a definitive timeline for when the waters will have sufficiently receded to allow for the reopening of the affected stretch of highway. The cautionary measure, as officials have mentioned, is to ensure that to fully protect the public from the immediate hazard posed by the floodwaters. This update was confirmed in coverage by WSVN 7News, who have been closely monitoring the event's impact on both traffic and public safety. Commuters are advised to seek alternate routes and to stay updated on the situation as it develops.

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