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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

Travelers Advisory Portions of Loop Road Flooded

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Date: September 11, 2008
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Recent rains from Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Ike have inundated portions of the scenic Loop Road within Big Cypress National Preserve with water. Due to the current conditions the National Park Service (NPS) is posting a travelers advisory, strongly discouraging travel along the roadway for all but local residents. If travel along the road is necessary, the use of high clearance vehicles is strongly suggested. This travelers advisory will only pertain to that twelve mile portion of the road maintained by the NPS, the portion of the road within Monroe County. Currently there is approximately seven to eight miles of the NPS roadway with four or more inches of water covering the road. The NPS is closely monitoring the situation and will lift the advisory when conditions warrant.

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