February 17, 2012

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has temporarily closed the Brogden Bridge airboat slide in Citrus County due to safety concerns associated with low water levels.

The slide is located between the Hernando and Inverness pools of the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes.

Current low water levels have exposed a ledge at the end of the airboat slide that causes it to be impassable. Attempts to use the slide in current conditions could damage airboats and/or injure passengers.

Staff will continue to monitor conditions and will reopen the slide as soon as water levels rise.

The District operates two additional airboat slides in the area, the Moccasin Slough slide and the Wysong-Coogler slide. Both are currently open, but could be temporarily closed in the future if water levels continue to fall.

Temporary closure signs are posted at the Brogden Bridge slide and will be posted at either of the other slides if additional closures are necessary.

For more information, please call the Operations Section at the District’s Brooksville Headquarters at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4578.

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