Flood watch remains in effect for South Florida
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A flood watch in effect for all of South Florida has been extended until Saturday evening.
The flood watch is in effect for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
"We know that shower chance is there as long as we are dealing with this tropical disturbance over the eastern Gulf of Mexico," Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said. "This is still a feature in our forecast. It's going to continue to be a player until tomorrow."
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Broward County until 3:30 p.m. Among the cities that were impacted were Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar and Pompano Beach.
After Thursday's saturating rain, there just wasn't anyplace for Friday's rain to go, but in pools and ponds.
Larkside Elementary School's parking lot got its fair share of flooding and a U-Haul rental store in Pompano Beach had to bring in large pumps to try to draw down the water where they park their rental vehicles.
Nearly the entire parking lot was under six inches of water, and crews were wearing boots as the worked around it.
At one point, the rain near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was so heavy, flights began to back up.
"I am picking up my sister from Indiana," Bona Jesurum said.
"Is she delayed?" Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen asked.
"Very delayed. They are going to Orlando to refuel," Jesurum said.
Another person at the airport, Sandy Todd, is having a family reunion and was waiting on her brother-in-law to get in.
She said the heavy downpours gave her a feeling of helplessness as she watched the big board light up with delays.
"It was crazy getting into the airport," she said.
Some flooding was also reported Friday throughout Miami-Dade County.
Job Mix Concrete on Northwest 47th Avenue off 72nd Avenue is giving away free sandbags to those who want to prepare for the possibility of more severe flooding.
"We just saw it on Channel 10. There's going to be a lot of rain, and we just decided to donate 1,000 bags of sand to whoever needs it," company owner Rudy De La Mora said.
Those who go to Job Mix Concrete will have to fill their sandbags themselves, but the company is providing the bags and shovels.
"I've seen families, whole families with their kids helping out," De La Mora said.
Heavy rain overnight led to isolated flooding across Miami-Dade, including on West 16th Avenue in Little Havana.
With several more inches of rain expected through Saturday, De La Mora hopes the sandbags can protect homes and businesses.
"For very little money, you can help a lot of people," he said.
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