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Lauderhill neighborhood floods, Pompano Beach ceiling caves in after heavy rain

Resident says flooding recurring issue for homes along canal

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Heavy downpours overnight and early Wednesday flooded out a large part of a Lauderhill neighborhood. 

Police cars closed off several roads so drivers didn't chance driving through standing water and getting stuck. Some roads were passable, but drivers had to slow down and proceed with caution. 

Sky 10 was overhead to show just how many side streets near Commercial Boulevard were underwater.

Although there were no reports of water inside homes, the floodwater did seep into a few garages.

Tammy Wisell said flooding is a regular problem in her Lauderhill neighborhood.
Tammy Wisell said flooding is a regular problem in her Lauderhill neighborhood.

"I woke up in the middle of the night to the toilet in my bathroom -- in the master bathroom -- gurgling, so I said, 'Uh oh,' because I knew that meant the flooding was coming," Tammy Wisell said.

Wisell, who has lived in the neighborhood for six years, said flooding is a recurring problem. She said she has called the city more than a dozen times to make sure the canal pumps were operating.

"Every time we get a heavy rain, it floods really bad," she said. "We live right on the canal, so they have to lower the levels of the water in the canal when they know a heavy rain is coming. Otherwise, we get this kind of flooding."

The water started to recede later in the morning.

Elsewhere in Pompano Beach, a woman's ceiling caved in from the heavy rain.

The ceiling of Balene Kelly's home in Pompano Beach caved in after the heavy rain.
The ceiling of Balene Kelly's home in Pompano Beach caved in after the heavy rain.

"I heard a whole lot of gushing noise and I got up to see what it was," Balene Kelly said. "It was water pouring out of the light fixture from the ceiling, and about 15 minutes later the whole ceiling came down."

Nobody was injured.