Residents dealing with rising waters across South Florida
MIAMI – The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for a portion of South Florida Wednesday, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The flood watch will remain in effect through 8 p.m.
A flood advisory has also been issued for Miami-Dade and Broward through 11 a.m. Thursday. A portion of the Middle Keys is also under a flood advisory until 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Two to 4 inches of rain are expected to accumulate in some areas, while greater than 6 inches of rain accumulations may be seen in other areas.
According to the NWS, heavy rainfall may produce flooding and/or flash flooding in urban locations, as well as small creeks, streams and canals.
Forecasters say this is especially true for areas that have recently experienced heavy rainfall and for areas near the coast due to the combination of the rain and high tides.
The constant rain caused issues for drivers and residents across South Florida.
In Key Biscayne, dash cam video shows a white Ferrari skidding across several lanes before striking a tree in the median.
The driver was treated at the scene and released, fortunately.
In North Miami, some neighborhoods near the intracoastal were flooded throughout the day.
Further north, Hollywood resident Jay Bachmann said he hasn’t been able to get any yard work done at his house on Tyler Street because it’s too wet outside.
“I can’t do nothing. I can’t go to work. Just sit on the porch until it gets dry,” he said.
Several roads in Hollywood are flooded, like Wiley Street, where cars made a big splash passing through.
Bachmann said the city has made improvements to address flooding from the dock behind his house.
“We’re kind of lucky,” he said. “They did a bunch of work to the boat docks. They made the ramps higher. The water was coming over the tops of the ramps and flooding the neighborhood, so they did that. That helped.”
In Fort Lauderdale’s Rio Vista neighborhood, flood-prone Cordova Road was saturated, as officers were seen closing a portion of the roadway, steering drivers away from the area.
According to a newsletter from the city of Miami Beach, the high tide prediction for today is near 1:30 p.m. with an estimate of 1.8 feet.
Because of the expected flooding, all municipal parking garages are currently open for residents to store their vehicles.
According to the newsletter, resident-owned vehicles may remain in garages at no cost until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Residents must show a photo ID or utility bill showing a Miami Beach address upon exiting a garage to avoid being charged.
Authorities, meanwhile, are urging people to avoid flooded areas.
According to the CDC, more than half of flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flooding.