Closed Roads Snag Holiday Travelers, Evacuees

By Wells, Judy | The Florida Times Union, July 4, 1998 | Go to article overview

Closed Roads Snag Holiday Travelers, Evacuees


Wells, Judy, The Florida Times Union


With the entire population of Flagler County forced to evacuate

north, south or west of relentlessly burning fires, "stay put"

was the advice being given to everyone else this weekend.

The Florida Highway Patrol was prepared for holiday traffic

nonetheless.

"People are going to go where they are going to go," said

patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Leeper. "Basically, expect delays and

plan ahead. It's a good idea to buy a map."

Vacationers continued to stream into the state despite the

fires. Business at the Florida Welcome Station at Interstate 95

was steady, with few travelers stopping for updates or

directions.

Dean and Hilary Evans from London hoped to reach his father,

Peter Evans, in Daytona. The couple, who were concluding a

six-month tour of the United States and Canada, said they had

been following radio reports since May.

"My dad's OK," said Evans, "and we're just hoping we can get

through today."

Although the stretch of I-95 south to Interstate 4 was opened

for Flagler County evacuees, much of the state's major

north-south corridor was closed to all other traffic. I-95

northbound was closed from the Beeline Expressway (Florida 528)

to St. Augustine and remained closed southbound from the

Interstate 295 interchange in Jacksonville to the Beeline

Expressway in Brevard County. Travelers along I-95 near closed

areas were being rerouted westward.

In Flagler County, Florida 206 was closed from U.S. 1 to County

Road 305. U.S. 1 was closed from Florida 100 north to Florida

206 and Florida 11 was closed from Florida 40 north to Bunnell. …

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