NWS: Palm Beach County sees record flooding

County public schools closed; Flooding closes parts of I-95

By By AP News Now , Liane Morejon - Reporter , Ben Candea

JUPITER, Fla. - Flood waters in Delray Beach are receding after this week's historic rainfall. Police are still monitoring some side roads that have residual flooding.

A late afternoon rainstorm left widespread flooding from Delray Beach to Fort Pierce Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the Boynton Beach area received 17.72 inches of rain.

"My car went in the water and then stuck," said Bernadette Pierre. "I'm soaked, wet, and my car stuck over there for the last three hours."

A woman drowned in Delray Beach when she drove off a roadway into a canal. A second person drowned at Kings Point. That victim was identified as 90-year-old Harry Krulewitz.

Other areas up and down the coast also experienced flooding.

Flooded streets were impossible to navigate and, in some cases, drivers simply abandoned their cars. Creative people paddled boats in roads that had turned to rivers and most major ramps off I-95 had to be completely closed due to standing water. More than 100 stranded vehicles had to be towed.

"The water is so deep at the entrance and at the circle even if you get through the parking lot you can't get out to the main roads," said Andrew Loy

At The Meadows apartment complex there was so much standing water in the parking lot, residents were forced to stay home.

"I have water in my car right under the steering wheel where you put your feet," said Yuliisha Ganister. "It is a real mess."

The flooding was so bad in a neighborhood near Gateway Boulevard, water came pouring into homes. Residents did the best they could getting their belongings up and off the ground and then dealt with the clean-up.

The Boynton Police Department received hundreds of service calls and extra officers were brought in overnight.

Police rescued a blind homeless woman in a wheelchair, but the water came up so fast when they found her, it was up to her chest.

"They called out to her. She said she had been out there for hours," said Stephanie Slater of the Boynton Police Department. "They assured her they would bring her to safety. They pushed through the heavy brush and lifted her out of he wheelchair and carried her to safety."

"I've lived in Boynton since 1969 and this is the worst flooding I have seen in this area," said Boynton Beach Vice Mayor Woodrow Hay.

Schools were closed in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties due to the flooding. Officials say up to nine inches of rain fell in Fort Pierce.

Martin County Fire Rescue officials say a possible tornado in Hobe Sound damaged 30 homes. No injuries were reported, but officials say there were multiple downed power lines.

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