ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — A major transportation artery in southwestern Florida has been shut down due to rising waters from Hurricane Ian’s torrential rains over the week.

The Myakka River has swollen to the point where it is no longer safe to travel across a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 75 between North Port and Englewood, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. It’s one of several highways closed in the aftermath of Ian.

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The FOX Forecast Center said Ian dropped 19 inches of rain in North Port in just over two days. The river has reached more than 2 feet over major flood stage and just topped its record crest by about an inch.

Those heading south on I-75 will be sent on a detour in Brandon, while those heading north will be advised to detour at Palm Beach Blvd exit — some 38 miles before the closure — and take other Florida highways.

Video from Friday night showed gridlock in the areas along I-75 near the closure points.

FDOT says the closure will remain in place as long as the rivers remain high.

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