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Flooding forces Zoo Miami to close

Posted at 6:28 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 18:28:03-05

MIAMI (AP) -- Zoo Miami has closed because of flooding caused by days of heavy rain in South Florida.

The zoo closed at 11 a.m. Saturday. With more rain in the forecast, communication director Ron Magill says a decision about reopening hasn't been made.

Magill tells the Miami Herald that many pathways and walkways are underwater, making it unsafe for visitors and guests. He says the rain is so high in some areas that fish from a nearby lake are swimming under benches and trees.

Meteorologist David Ross of the National Weather Service says the area should dry out as the week goes on.

Miami Executive Airport, which is near the zoo, has logged more than 13 inches of rain in December.