FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Heavy rains fell across South Florida on Monday, turning roads into rivers and compounding flooding caused by king tides in Broward County.
7News cameras captured flooding outside of an apartment complex in Fort Lauderdale, Monday night.
For residents like Jeff Greenberg, it’s all part of living in South Florida.
“It’s the same every year,” he said.
Floodwaters have begun to recede, but earlier in the day, the king tides wreaked havoc in the area.
Police closed off part of the road at the intersection of Cordova Road and Southeast 11th Street due to the flooding.
“Exceptionally high tides. For people whose properties were built 30, 40 years ago, 50 years ago, it’s a significant problem,” said Greenberg.
While king tides are common in Fort Lauderdale during this time of year, the mixture of heavy rainfall with the moon moving closer to the Earth has caused the tides to rise much higher than normal, leaving the streets with 2 to 3 feet of water.
Heavy downpours in Broward and Miami-Dade counties only added to the king tide trouble.
Traffic cameras captured early morning traffic on Florida State Road 836 and Interstate 595.
In Hendricks Isle, the water from the canal creviced into the cul-de-sac, catching many residents off guard.
“Three feet from the door and coming in. This is crazy,” said Anna Nygren, who works near Sunset Drive. “They weren’t really prepared for anything like that, not even knowing that it was a thing, so they’re trying to manage it and find sandbags to help protect so that the water doesn’t come into the building.”
One homeowner said it’s the worst flood he’s seen in nine years.
“We’ve had some extreme flooding down here, and it breaches right here at the end of our cul-de-sac, which is owned by the city, but it’s breached terribly all the way up,” he said. “We’re talking about upwards of 2 to 3 feet of water right in this area, right over here.”
Even in North Bay Village, down in Miami-Dade, some people decided to walk the flooded streets without shoes on and hoped for the best.
“I have to take off my shoes and everything. It’s crazy,” said a resident.
Traffic remained slow and steady due to consistent heavy rainfall.
There is a Street Flood Advisory in place throughout Broward County.
Residents and commuters are advised to avoid any high levels of water.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, South Florida will see its next king tides from Oct. 5 to Oct. 21.
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