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Heavy downpours cause flooding to seep into Hollywood home

Flood watch extended for portion of South Florida until 8 p.m.

MIAMI – A flood watch for a portion of South Florida has been extended until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The flood watch is now in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

A flood watch for Mainland Monroe County has been canceled. While the heavy rainfall has ended there, isolated showers and thunderstorms are still possible throughout the day.

In the other South Florida counties, another round of thunderstorms is expected this afternoon, which will likely cause additional flooding.

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Torrential rainfall may produce flooding of poor drainage areas in urban locations as well as small creeks, streams and canals.

Malarie Dauginikas, of Hollywood, told Local 10 News Tuesday that there was flooding inside and outside her cottage.

“I noticed water just pouring in from the cracks in the floor. My entire floor is concrete,” she said. “I turned and I saw probably 3 to 5 inches of water just flooding out from underneath the counter and the cabinets in my kitchen.”

Dauginikas said she thought she’d have to leave her house, but with Buchanan Street flooded, even that wasn’t an option.

“Stuff started to float in the kitchen. My dog was looking at me like she had no idea what to do,” Dauginikas said.

So she did what she could.

“Unplug things, I turned off the breaker in the house because I was afraid that the water was going to reach the electrical outlets,” Dauginikas said.

Dauginikas said she’s getting ready to get hit with more rain Tuesday.

“I’m just trying to prepare and get to Home Depot this morning to get another pump and start moving it out,” she said.

Similar soaking situations were caught on video further south in Miami.

Water gushed through Brickell Avenue, causing drivers to get out of their cars and push their vehicles out of traffic.

Good Samaritans hopped out of their own cars and into the rain to lend a hand.

On Memorial Day, a weak tornado was reported in the Redlands and roof damage was reported in Hallandale Beach.

A man whose home is located on Moffit Street, east of U.S. 1, in Hollywood, said the flooding was so bad that wake water was being pushed into his neighbor’s home by trucks traveling down the street.


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