Powerful Storm Heading Toward South Florida After Days of Torrential Rains Cause Flooding

Heavy rain leaves Broward streets flooded, cancels and delays flights

After three days of serious rain and flooding across the area, South Florida will get a slight break on Thursday but an increased risk of storms as the day goes on continues.

There were no flood watches or warnings in effect Thursday but that could change by the afternoon.

Heavy flooding was reported Wednesday throughout Broward, including the parking lot of the Sawgrass Mills mall, which had to close Wednesday and remained closed Thursday due to the flooding.

NBC 6’s Melissa Adan shows us some of the areas hit the most from storms over the last few days.

In Davie, heavy flooding was reported on some streets, including in the area of Southwest 130th Avenue and 7th Court. One resident said he was going to Home Depot to get sandbags for himself and his neighbors to protect from flooding.

"I'm trying to help out my neighbors, I'm a caring person. I lived in the neighborhood a long time, I see people's homes are getting in bad shape," Mitch Gerber said.

Also in Davie, at the Sunshine Village mobile home park on Southwest 5th Street, the Red Cross responded to assist residents.

"We didn't want the water to rise any higher, I mean it's like two steps away from my door," Davie resident Angel Munoz said. "I'm glad we've had a break but I don't know if there's more coming, I think there is more coming right? I'm concerned about that."

The Coral Springs Fire Department said one of their canals was high, making it difficult for water to move out quickly. They urged residents to move vehicles to high ground and avoid driving after dark if possible.

In Hollywood, drivers were having a tough time getting across streets, including on Stirling Road west of the Florida's Turnpike.

"Pack your rain gear, extra patience and extra time on the roads this morning," Hollywood Police tweeted.

Flooding was also reported in Sunrise, Weston, Lauderhill, and Southwest Ranches.

Officials at American Heritage in Plantation said they were experiencing heavy flooding at the school, but no students were affected since classes ended May 31.

In Plantation Acres, homeowner Deanna Fonseca said she had to rescue her chickens from flooding on her low-lying area.

"Chippy was underwater up to his neck, I had to put him in a bathtub with towels wrapped around him," she said. "We had to move everything out at 1 o'clock in the morning."

The heavy rain was causing flights to be canceled at both of South Florida's major airports Wednesday and into Thursday. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported 81 delays and 12 cancellations Thursday morning. There were another 18 cancellations reported at Miami International Airport Thursday morning.

Stormy Weather Photos From Around South Florida

Some areas of South Florida had double digit rain totals on Tuesday, with Plantation reporting over 11 inches of rain while Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs had locations reporting just over 10 inches.

The wet pattern will continue into the weekend before we start to dry out, hopefully by Sunday.

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