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South Florida Hit by Severe Flooding Following Heavy Rainfall

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Severe flooding has wreaked havoc across South Florida, resulting in numerous emergency responses and extensive damage, following relentless heavy rainfall that inundated the region with up to 20 inches of water.

Currently, a flood watch remains in effect for all of South Florida, with Broward County’s Hallandale and Hollywood areas recording the highest rainfall totals, exceeding 20 inches, while North Miami in Miami-Dade has also seen substantial rainfall.

First responders in North Miami have conducted at least one water rescue operation, addressing power outages and stranded vehicles on flooded roads reminiscent of rivers.

Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, highlighted the dangers posed by just 6 inches of flowing water, enough to knock over an adult, and emphasized precautions against standing water which might conceal debris or potential contamination.

Residents were urged to report all downed power lines to Florida Power and Lights and to refrain from opening manholes to prevent flooding of the wastewater system.

Furthermore, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for several Florida counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, due to the overwhelming rain-related impacts and potential threats to residents.

Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez, along with Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Dean Trantalis, also issued state of emergency declarations for their respective cities, underlining the urgency of the situation.

The adverse weather conditions disrupted transportation systems, with Brightline train services being suspended and Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports experiencing flight delays and cancellations.

Notably, residents impacted by the flooding in the area including Opa-locka and Miami Beach, were eligible to receive sandbags for protection, although restrictions on the quantity per household were in place.

Despite the challenges posed by the severe flooding, local officials together with emergency services are actively working to manage the aftermath of the deluge and ensure the safety of residents in the affected areas.

Rachel Adams

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