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Section of Intracoastal closed in Panhandle

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PANAMA CITY, FL (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a dyke break has caused a four-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway to close between Choctawatchee Bay and West Bay.

Coast Guard officials say they received a call from boaters Thursday afternoon reporting that the dyke had given way at mile marker 263 between Panama City and Destin.

Coast Guard Station Panama City assessed the situation and deemed the channel unsafe. The waterway is now closed from mile marker 262 to mile marker 266 in Walton County.

Boaters in the region are urged to use extreme caution.

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