Flooding causes water woes for South Floridians

Cars were stuck and drivers were warned to avoid the area after heavy morning rain Friday brought flooding to A1A and the area around Fort Lauderdale beach.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Flooding has made for some transportation nightmares Friday in South Florida, from Broward down to Miami-Dade.

In Fort Lauderdale, cars parked on the isles off Las Olas Boulevard might have trouble starting after the area got slammed with heavy rain this morning just before high tide.

“It’s Fort Lauderdale,” one resident said. “It always be this bad.”

Flooding is nothing new in the city thanks to king tides, and on A1A by Fort Lauderdale Beach, stalled cars blocking traffic were being towed from the road.

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Despite the area being no stranger to high water, some people still drive too fast for the wet conditions.

“You can see the cars are breaking down,” a resident said. “It’s just horrible out here.”

The flooding was also a surprise to some visitors from out of town.

“It is crazy,” visitor Ronald Jungk said. “Up north we don’t have it like this. The roads! I have never seen it like that.

Flooding plagued much of South Florida on Friday, and cars were seen struggling to move on some Miami-Dade County roadways.

Miami-Dade County also experienced heavy rain, leading to a difficult morning commute.

Drivers plowed through floodwaters around Margaret Pace Park in Miami.

Some scooters toppled over and almost submerged.

Along Northeast 1st Avenue, cars worked their way through and around waters creeping up to storefronts.

Crews in were seen using a shovel to unclog the drains in spots.

In Aventura, police closed 191st Street from Biscayne Boulevard to 29th Avenue because the flooding got so bad.

Meanwhile, Local 10 News visited Wynwood and Brickell on Friday afternoon. Both were wet with some minor standing water, but nothing like what has occasionally been seen in the past.

You can expect many areas prone to flooding to see standing water, however, and people living here definitely want it to dry up ASAP.

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About the Authors:

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.

Parker Branton joined Local 10 News in January 2019 as a reporter. He was born and raised in Rome, Georgia, but now loves living on the sunny beaches of South Florida.