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Hwy 388 Closed East of Hwy 79; PCB Flooding Makes Wet Start for Bike Week

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At 4PM Wednesday Florida Department of Transportation announcing Highway 399 east of Highway 79 continues to be closed to all but residents on that road. 
Signs warning drivers to divert to Highway 20 were put up Wednesday afternoon as flood gates opened up near West Bay.  
"We are having them stay off of 388 from 79," said Sergeant Weaver of Florida Highway Patrol. "They can access 388 or the airport from Highway 77 where they still have airport access." 
A pumping station just blocks away from the closed intersection was sounding off alarms as the water barreled in.  
The decision to re-open the road will be left up to FDOT.   
"Until the water at least recedes a little bit, because right now the water is actually flowing across the road there," said Weaver.  
Across the bridge in Panama City Beach sections of roadways like Alf Coleman were completely underwater and lines barely visible in front of Cabana West Apartments. 
"We did get in one day with some of the bands on Tuesday afternoon," said Randy Snyder,Snyder manager of the Lucky 13 Bike Week location. "But, since then, we've been pretty much shut down." 
Sites are wet, but the taps are dry for the beginning of the popular motorcycle spot where vendors have had to get creative in staying out of the rain and under cover.  
"Well, right now we have a Bobcat and a dually holding the tent to the ground," said Snyder. "It's even strapped to the bars." 
Roads like R. Jackson at Front Beach road and Thomas Drive near Spinnaker and La Vela brandished warning signs for drivers. With more rain on the way those on Panama City Beach are trying to keep their hopes up and their straps tied down.  
"We were hoping to try to later today," said Snyder. "But, it looks like it's probably going to be tomorrow before we can really get opened up."