Condo complex parking lot floods after torrential downpours
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Wet weather dampened South Florida after a cluster of thunderstorms brought heavy rain.
Tuesday afternoon crews at the Fontainebleau Garden condominiums were still pumping water out of the flooded parking lot by the gallons. "It was a problem to get to my car," said resident Enzo Rillano. "I had to take my shoes off when I got to work. Bad morning."
Monday evening, torrential rain flooded the parking lot of the condominium complex at the 8100 block of Northwest Seventh Street, with water rising up to the doors of parked vehicles. On the bright side, residents said, none of the water had entered their homes. "No water has entered the apartments, but the water is high, all the way up to the tires, and there will be several cars damaged," said Elizabeth Amado.
Residents called tow trucks to remove some of their cars from the rising waters to avoid water damage. "All the cars are getting flooded, all the way from 40th Street," said Laurena Lugo.
Resident Julio Charriz said, "When I woke up in the morning it was like a lake." He added, "It was bad because we had stuff in the car we had to take out. It's all wet. The carpet is all wet."
Not only did the rain cause severe flooding, but it was to blame for a collision on Florida's Turnpike near Eureka Drive. The Florida Highway Patrol said a car slammed into a tractor trailer causing it to jack-knife. The highway was shut down for about an hour.
The overnight rain left more than 2,000 South Florida homes in the dark and many underwater. Florida Power and Light worked all day Tuesday trying to restore power to thousands of customers.
More wet weather is expected throughout Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Miami has issued a flood watch for coastal portions of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties until 10 p.m.
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