A portion of the Sanibel Causeway has been washed away by storm surge from Hurricane Ian, according to video from CNN affiliates WBBH and WPLG.
At least three sections of the causeway have been washed away, according to aerial video from WPLG.
CNN geolocated the location where WBBH is reporting from, and the roadway that was washed out is a ramp up to the causeway's second bridge, spanning the second half toward Sanibel Island.
Two portions of the ramps to both bridges and a stretch of roadway that crossed an island in the middle of the causeway have been completely washed away.
The causeway is the only way to get to or from Sanibel and Captiva Islands to Florida's mainland.
Sanibel Causeway and Pine Island Bridge are "not passable and they are going to require structural rebuilds," said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during an update briefing on Thursday.
Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that a portion of the Sanibel Causeway Bridge “was damaged / washed out,” Lt. Gregory S. Bueno with the Public Affairs Division of Florida Highway Patrol told CNN.
According to Florida 511, all lanes of the bridge are currently closed and the severity of the closure is listed as “major.”
Watch reporting from the scene: