Heavy rain causes flooding across So. Fla.
PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- Severe weather has caused flooding problems across South Florida Thursday, and heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Friday.
The National Weather Service issued several urban flood advisories Wednesday night. They continued all night. The latest was for East Central Miami-Dade County until 11:15 a.m. Thursday morning, which has since expired.
As of noon, Kendall received 10 inches of rain, and in Pinecrest, residents have experienced 6.73 inches of rain. "Well, I thought we had a waterfront property," said Pinecrest resident, Donna Lyons. "This is the first time I've ever seen this. I've never seen it this bad."
The Dadeland Plaza shopping center off U.S. 1 in Pinecrest has pumps working in overdrive as the parking lot was left almost one foot under water. "It's beyond anything imaginable," said Pinecrest resident Elaine Paddor. "I guess when they built [the plaza], they didn't consider heavy rain."
"We got in here in the middle of the night; it was a disaster," said Arthur Wolinski. "These pumps should have been going from 1 in the morning."
Wolinski said the flooded parking lot has had a noticeable effect on business at Dadeland Plaza. "Absolutely got no business in here," he said. "People are afraid to come in and destroy their cars."
In nearby Kendall, off Southwest 77th Avenue, resident Giselle Santiago wrapped her feet in garbage bags to walk around her apartment complex.
Skyforce HD cameras captured vehicles moving cautiously in a flooded business park in Kendall.
Near the Falls shopping mall, off Southwest 136th Street, cars were stuck due to the heavy flooding. "All of a sudden, my engine stalled, and I'm sitting in five inches of water with an Achilles tendon boot, and I couldn't even climb over the console to get out before the car flooded," said Andy Nierenberg, whose vehicle was stuck.
Miami Beach was also hit hard by the rain, causing traffic delays. Heavy construction on Alton Road paired with flood waters made for treacherous driving conditions.
Longtime resident Donna Lyons said the heavy rains took her by surprise. "For the last 16 years, I've never seen it like this," she said.
Crews draining the Dadeland Plaza parking lot said all the flood waters should be cleared out by the overnight hours. They said they are going to leave the pumps in place for the next 12 hours.
Stay tuned to 7News for continuing weather updates.
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