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Coastal flooding could affect Hwy 80 on and off Tybee Island

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 3:55 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Minor coastal flooding is possible during morning high tides through Saturday.

The First Alert Weather team notes that a 10′ tide is close to coming over Highway 80 to and from Tybee Island.

Highway 80 is the only way to get on and off Tybee Island. So, closing this road creates a lot of problems.

“Twice a day I travel up and down Highway 80,” Keith Kirkland said.

Two years ago, $112 million was put into Highway 80 to decrease flooding on the road. Kirkland believes that project made a significant difference.

“Them raising the road has definitely improved the flooding,” he said.

The city manager agrees.

“There were road shut downs much more frequently prior to them re-paving, so it’s really been quite a success,” Tybee Island City Manager Shawn Gillen said.

Other local residents said throughout the day, if the tides want to flood the road, they just will and there’s nothing to do about it. Gillen has numbers for that.

“It’s got to be about a 10 foot tide before we see water on the eastbound lane and tomorrow the predictions aren’t as bad as they were a few days ago, but if you’re pushing that 11 foot tide... we may have to shut the road down,’ Gillen said.

This of course becomes a big deal Saturday with people trying to make it to Savannah for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, so the city manager was asked what advice he had for people. He said just leave early and hope for the best.

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