The water is beginning to recede in South Florida after five days of fierce waves and sand-filled streets.
Monday night businesses began to dig out and open their doors again, and traffic was flowing a little more smoothly. By Monday evening crews were able to contain the mess along Sunrise to one side of the street, opening everything south to Las Olas.
But the weather trifecta has taken a toll on the area.
First, a strong westerly wind is pushing more water towards the coast. Second, there is a very high tide in effect due to a full moon. And third, the wake of Hurricane Sandy is pulling away from our coastline.
As crews pump out the puddles in the underground parking lot of a Sunny Isles Beach Condo, Jack Jerusalim explained why the water is lapping at his car's tires.
"It's coming up right to where the natural habitat is, going through the sand and then seeping into the garage," said Jerusalim.
It's no wonder the saltwater has taken over the beach as the stretch of sand looks half its normal size.
Other workers are located at the back of the condo, building a trench to slow the flow of floodwaters into the parking spots.
"We're trying to block the water from the ocean to stop going in the lower garage because we're getting flooding over there," said Andre Briscoe.
Even the Haulover Marina looks more like a lake as the dock space is submerged and barely visible.
"It's not great boating weather, no," said Dan Riemer.
Reimer has been boating his whole life and he understands the weather phenomenon taking place right now.
"The moon is so full and it's drawing the tide in and then you got the waves out there bringing the water into the inlet. This is what you end up with," said Riemer.
Hugh Willoughby from the Earth Sciences Department at Florida International University sees this beach erosion and coastal flooding as a weather coincidence where all the elements collided at the same time.
"Nobody owns waterfront real estate. You just kind of lease it from the ocean and sometimes your lease expires," said Willoughby.
High tide happens again on Monday about 10 p.m.
High tide takes over A1A
High tide took over A1A in Fort Lauderdale Beach on Monday.
The roadway has been closed from Sebastian Street north to NE 20th Street since Sunday. Access to Fort Lauderdale Beach from E. Sunrise Boulevard was also closed.
Waves crashed into a sand barrier built on the beach and spilled onto the street.
"You can actually hear the waves breaking over the tops of these dunes. That's how big they are," said one driver.
"It's really scary and I feel so bad for the people who live along this stretch on A1A who can't even leave their homes," said Pam Butler. "I have friends sending me videos of people kayaking and paddle boarding down A1A."