For Immediate Release
September 11, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
East & West Highway 98 closed on Okaloosa Island until further notice due to storm surge from Hurricane Ike.
HIGHWAY 98 ON OKALOOSA ISLAND CLOSED
All four lanes of Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island are now closed due to coastal storm surge caused by Hurricane Ike. Both eastbound and westbound lanes will remain shut down until further notice.
EASTBOUND 98 CLOSED ON OKALOOSA ISLAND
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies report that storm surge from Hurricane Ike on Okaloosa Island has now forced the closure of the eastbound lanes near Gulf Islands National Seashore. The westbound lanes are still open but could be threatened later this morning.
Motorists who need to head east to Destin will need to use the Mid-Bay Bridge east of Niceville.
IKE CAUSING ROAD PROBLEMS IN ISOLATED SPOTS
As of 6 a.m. Thursday morning, storm surge from Hurricane Ike is causing isolated road flooding on parts of western Gulf Shore Drive in Destin and on Highway 98 near the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Okaloosa Island.
At least one car has already flooded out in the eastbound lanes of 98 at that location.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking drivers to be extra careful this morning. Expect delays on Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island, as well as the possibility of lane closures, especially in the eastbound lanes, as the situation deteriorates.
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