1,000 Customers Without Power in Broward, Dade; Flash Flood Warning Ends

Nearly 14 inches of rain fell in North Miami Beach

Saturday, Jun 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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Continuous rain from Fort Lauderdale to North Miami Beach have flooded areas.

Continuous rain from Fort Lauderdale to North Miami Beach have flooded areas.

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Florida Power and Light said that about 1,000 of its customers were without power Friday night after a day of heavy rain and flooding in South Florida.

In Miami-Dade County 842 of the utility's customers didn't have power, and 200 were without it in Broward, FPL said at 10:40 p.m. Those numbers were down from several hours earlier, when 2,200 customers lacked power.

North Miami Beach received 13.94 inches of rain Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport got 8.05 inches of rain, and 7.01 inches fell in Miami Shores, according to the weather service.

A flash flood warning for southeastern Broward and northeast Miami-Dade ended at 9:30 p.m. after cities across the two counties reported flooded roads.

Click here for photos from Friday's flooding.

About two dozen families will need to be relocated from their homes at 12th Avenue and Northeast 144th Street because of flooding there, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

The hardest-hit areas were from Fort Lauderdale to North Miami Beach. East of U.S. 1 got from 6 to 8 inches of rain.

An urban flood advisory was canceled just after 8:30 p.m. for central Broward and extreme northeastern Miami-Dade, the weather service said.

But residents in Hallandale Beach were urged to stay home and avoid driving.

Several roads have extensive standing water, including East Hallandale Beach Boulevard, which only has one passable lane from Federal Highway to Diplomat Parkway, the city said in a reverse 911 message sent to residents. Diplomat Parkway also has extensive standing water from north of East Hallandale Beach Boulevard to south of Atlantic Shores Boulevard.

The city is making sandbags available to residents, but homeowner Asher Mor said there was no way he could pick them up. He felt helpless as rainwater wandered past his doorstep off Northeast 10th Avenue, before truck traffic pushed even more water his way.

“My car is under the water, my wife is in there with the children, how I can go now (and) bring the sand?” he asked.

Mor and his son futilely swept away the water, despite knowing the water would come back, as the family said it has before.

“Three years ago, the water was until the knee,” Mor’s wife Claudia remembered. “We got 17 inches of water. So now, I hope it stop. If it stop, we are better. “

The Mors said a nearby water pump was supposed to prevent their flooding problem as part of a municipal drainage project.

VIDEO: High Waters on Roads as Hallandale Beach Gets Drenched

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper said feeder bands from Andrea, which turned from a tropical storm into a post-tropical cyclone on Friday, left localized flooding all over the city.

Cooper said sandbags were available for residents at the department of public works, located at 630 NW 2nd St. People can pick up sandbags there Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon if they bring proof of residency.

Nearby some neighborhoods in east Hollywood were inundated, leaving streets looking like canals. In some places the water was several feet deep, preventing people from leaving their homes.

Tow trucks were roaming the streets of Hollywood Friday night plucking vehicles out of huge puddles.

Hollywood resident Brian Mallar was one of the drivers who decided not to risk getting stuck.

"I'm probably about a half a mile from here," he said. The floodwaters were so deep on his street he opted to park his Volkswagen on higher ground and walk home. "It wasn't worth risking the car breaking down."

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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue said Friday afternoon it was helping motorists at several locations whose cars are stuck in flooded streets in Dania Beach. The cars stuck included a gray Chrysler at Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast 10th Street and a white Mercury on the 300 block of Southeast 3rd Place, the agency said.

Aventura was also experiencing severe flooding and more than 50 cars reported disabled. In the Aventura Mall cars were submerged in the parking lot, police said.

Meanwhile, in Sunny Isles Beach there were condos flooded as well.

There were also reports of flooding on Hollywood Boulevard.

"We do expect some roads to become impassable, if they aren't already," said Dan Gregoria, a weather service meterologist.

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