Neighborhood still flooded after TS Isaac
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Residents are hoping their neighborhoods will get a chance to dry out, as sunny days finally return following a wet and windy assault by Tropical Storm Isaac.
At sunrise, Tuesday, the caution signs were out warning drivers of standing water and telling drivers to slow down, as cars passing through stir up wakes that can send water into homes. Standing water remained on Northwest 50th Street, just east of Pine Island Road.
By the late afternoon, the water had slightly receded. Par Sager had her home flooded, and she was still dealing with issues. "It should be gone by now but the water's not going down," she said.
This water flooded Ann Marie Ruddock's front yard, backyard and garage. "This was yesterday, all yesterday," she said. "We woke up in the morning, the streets are all flooded, but it had not come up into the house, and then when we noticed that the water was rising and moving into the garage, we ran out and got some sandbags, and some of the neighbors gave us some sandbags, but that just didn't help much."
Ruddock said the water entered "all the way to the back" of her garage. She and her husband wound up arriving late to work, as they had to empty out the garage to allow things to dry out.
The water was so high Ruddock snapped pictures of people canoeing through her backyard. Meanwhile, other neighbors felt they could not get out of their own homes. "I'm trapped," said a woman from her front yard.
Broward County Health Department officials advise people to stay out of the water, as it can be a breeding ground for illness and infection. They offer this advice:
-Avoid wading through standing water, especially if you have cuts or sores.
-Frequently wash hands with soap and water.
-Clean walls and floors with disinfectant.
-Wear boots and waterproof gloves if you are going to enter the water.
In Coral Springs, the floodgates were open, as crews worked to pump water out of that neighborhood.
It may rain a bit more Tuesday night, according to forecasters, and there is a flood warning in effect into 8 p.m. Residents just hope that the rain will not be enough to allow water to once again enter their homes.
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