Flood warnings lifted for Miami-Dade, clean up begins

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A flood advisory issued for Eastern and Central Miami-Dade has been lifted.

Heavy rains pelted the area, causing officials to issue the warning, Tuesday.

A large portion of the warning was issued over Miami Beach.

The flooding affected Miami Beach all the way from South Pointe past 63rd Street.

The entrance to Interstate 395 at Alton Road showed heavy flooding.

“I haven’t seen it this bad since April 2009,” said one woman.

“Flooding before but, I believe, not this bad,” said Miami Beach resident Ozzie Albarez.

Video submitted by a 7News viewer also showed flood waters creeping up on roads in Miami Beach.

“Everyone’s flooded,” said Miami Beach resident Maria Umanco. “Everyone on Facebook is saying their garages are flooded. I have a friend who’s off Lincoln Road and says there’s water in her hallway, water going down her elevator chute.”

“The cars in front of my building — they got water in them, so it’s just a shame,” said a resident.

The rough weather even saw lightning strike a diesel truck in Southwest Miami-Dade. However, no injuries were reported in that area.

Lightning also touched down at the Miami-Dade Police Department Kendall station, badly damaging a diesel tank.

Downtown Miami experienced heavy flooding, as well.

Video from Miami Police showed cars stuck in flood water at Northeast Second Avenue and 11th Street, where crews were forced to shut down the street.

“He’s been squeegeeing for like an hour. I’ve been stuck on the fourth floor for like three hours,” said one man. “I had to call out of work.”

Many people waded through knee-deep water, while others depended on the kindness of strangers.

“I have to go to work, and it was, like, knee-deep. So a pickup truck, some guy picked us up and let us ride on the back,” said one woman.

A Brickell building manager took matters into his own hands, bringing out pumps for the second time in months.

“We have to pump the water down on Eighth Street,” he said, “because obviously you can see we have no help, you know what I mean? So we need help.”

The flooding also caused problems underground.

Pictures submitted by a 7News viewer showed flooding inside the parking garage at Brickell City Centre.

Some residents asked why the city hasn’t done more to prevent these flooding problems.

“I just wonder, me as a taxpayer, where is my money going?” asked the Brickell building manager. “Can anybody tell me that? Where is my money going?”

Many cars remain stranded in Miami Beach, waiting for a tow.

“Car just shut off going through this puddle, and I’m stuck here,” said Julian Allison. “I don’t really know what to do.”

“We’re pretty busy out here, man. Pretty busy,” said a Miami Beach tow truck driver.

Crews have begun cleaning up, but debris remains on affected roads.

The total cost of the flood clean up is currently unknown.

Multiple people in both Miami-Dade and Broward are reporting power outages in their areas. As of 8:00 a.m., about 391 customers in Miami-Dade and 163 customers in Broward are without power.

Miami Beach officials have deployed one of their flood teams and are asking residents to report any flooding at egovernment.miamibeachfl.gov.

 

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