Relentless rain floods South Florida
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- Steady rain and heavy downpours continue to soak South Florida causing flooding problems for homeowners, businesses and motorists, Wednesday.
The National Weather Service had issued an urban flood advisory for Northeastern Broward County for most of the day until 3 p.m. Though advisory was allowed to expire, by 4 p.m. the rainy conditions persisted.
Some streets in Coconut Creek, Oakland Park and Southwest Ranches saw flooding so severe, they had to be closed to traffic. That morning, because of the extreme flooding, Broward Sheriff's Office deputies had to shut down Prospect Road from Andrews Avenue to Dixie Highway. BSO also closed Commercial Boulevard from Northeast 38th Street to Sixth Avenue, and they have closed Northeast 38th Street from Dixie Highway to Andrews Avenue. Drivers were urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
By the afternoon, almost a dozen blocks in Oakland Park had to be closed in the eastern part of the city, in the area of Prospect Road, where crews worked to pump out water and debris from clogged storm drains. Many cars were stranded in the street. BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles warned, "Don't drive through flooded streets because you don't know. The water may be deeper than it appears."
Aventura was just one part south of Broward County that had to deal with the heavy flooding. A shopping center's parking lot on 187th Street and Biscayne Boulevard was left covered with ankle-deep water.
One business owner said more rain means less business. "Every time it rains like this, we get a flood, and we lose a lot of business because nobody is going to park," said Ruby Rubinstein.
Andy Ferber of Westway Towing said he was very busy all morning. "A lot of break downs, engines, going through the puddles too fast and pretty much shutting the engines down," he said.
The City of Oakland Park is offering sandbags to residents and business owners at 5100 NE 12th Terrace until 7 p.m. Officials said proof of residency in Oakland Park is required.
Northwest Miami-Dade also saw its share of flooding. Therefore, in Doral, city officials plan to hand out sandbags at JC Bermudez Park, located at 3000 NW 87th Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Again, you are asked to bring your driver's license or company letterhead as proof of residency.
In West Miami-Dade, several residents even took precautions and covered their roofs with blue tarps.
The wet weather is expected to last through Thursday.
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