Some South Florida neighborhoods remain flooded after heavy rainfall
American Red Cross opens family reception center for displaced residents
DAVIE, Fla. – Standing water still covered roads Thursday in some parts of South Florida and public works crews are working around the clock trying to pump out the water.
Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston was at a mobile home park on Southwest Seventh Court in Davie Thursday morning, where the neighborhood remained flooded for a second day.
Many residents were forced to park their vehicles off Southwest 130th Avenue because they couldn't get their vehicles through the rising water to get to their homes.
School buses were also unable to pass through in certain communities.
Livingston saw one girl who was forced to wrap the lower part of her body in garbage bags so she could wade through the water to get to her bus.
Ducks were also seen swimming through the roads, which looked more like canals.
A resident in the area told Livingston that she has never seen flooding this bad.
"I live here for 12 years and never seen that. Never," Nery Cardenas said.
The American Red Cross opened a family reception center Wednesday in case the flooding got worse and people needed a place to stay.
The center was equipped with food and cots, but Red Cross officials said no one had needed to take advantage of the services yet.
Davie police said the Plantation Acres Equestrian Facility will temporarily board horses affected by flooding for a small fee. Horse owners can call 954-476-4316 for more information.
Other areas in South Florida are also still experiencing flooding.
The Ready Mix concrete mixing company in Miami is giving away 1,000 bags of sand to those affected by flooding.
The company is at 7301 NW 47th St.
Emergency officials warned residents not to walk through or play in standing water.
Electrical currents in the water can pose a risk to anyone who comes into contact with it, and the water is likely heavily contaminated.
"Especially standing rain water, you have to worry because it can be a collection of sewage. Especially with our storm systems here, the drains will back up and you can get actually raw sewage that will spill out onto the street," Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital emergency department Dr. David Hooke said. "Assuming it's not raw sewage, then you can get routine contaminants from lawns and driveways and other places."
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