Heavy rains in South Florida cause roadway flooding

Heavy rains in South Florida for the third consecutive day on Thursday have caused a state of alarm due to flooded areas in several counties.

This Thursday, June 13, dawned more destructive flooding after Wednesday’s storms turned roads into canals and leaked into homes.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared an emergency for Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties after dangerous flooding immobilized critical infrastructure operations Wednesday.

Threats include major interstate highways, roads, schools and airports.

Flood warnings due to heavy rainfall in South Florida are in effect for cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Naples through Thursday morning, where 101 to 330 millimeters of rain fell across the region Wednesday.

Additional rainfall of up to 50 millimeters is possible in the area.


Heavy rainfall in south Florida will be in effect through this Friday night, June 14, across south Florida, where more rounds of heavy rain are expected.

Severe flooding in Hallandale Beach from heavy rains in South Florida submerged cars up to the windshield in some places, forcing some drivers to abandon their stuck vehicles and walk to safety.

Warning: Heavy rains in South Florida cause roadway flooding

Several local officials warned against attempting to drive through muddy waters and urge storm-weary South Floridians to stay home.

Most flood-related drownings from heavy rains in South Florida occur when cars unknowingly plunge into deep water, the Florida Department of Highway Safety said.

Fort Lauderdale, where the mayor declared a local state of emergency, received more than a month’s worth of rain Wednesday with 243 millimeters, eclipsing its June rainfall average of 242 millimeters.

Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport led the nation with the most flights canceled or delayed Wednesday, with more than 1,200 disruptions. Problems with air travel are expected to continue through the end of the work week.

In Broward County, heavy storms prompted school officials to postpone demolition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where a gunman killed 17 people in 2018.


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