Three days of precipitation caused 5 to 15 inches of flooding in areas of Miami-Dade County. The water damaged cars, businesses and homes. And as stronger storms threaten the same areas, a flood warning continues Wednesday afternoon.
The area near 74th Street west of the Palmetto Freeway in the town of Medley was still unsafe for drivers. Although the rain stopped around 10 p.m. Truck Max and other nearby businesses continued to experience flooding on Tuesday.
“As you can see, everything is under water. There are flooded cars just outside, “said Manny Marono, general manager of Truck Max, adding:” I fear we will continue to flood here and at home. “
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz said that some of the companies reporting property damage had already been flooded, but not at this level.
“We have to get this water out of here because the longer the water stays, the worse it will be,” said Diaz.
In Doral, tow trucks were still removing blocked cars from the area near the intersection of 79th Street and Doral Avenue. Authorities were concerned about the flooded areas where it was difficult for drivers to distinguish where the roads end and where the overflowing canals begin.
“The canals on Fourth Avenue West: this is where the danger comes in because these canals reach the tipping point,” said Hialeah fire chief David Rodriguez.
In a supermarket in Hialeah, Leonardo Fuentes was cleaning and disinfecting the floor after water flooded the store. Lazial Hernandez, a resident of Hialeah, said that in four decades of living there, he had never seen such severe flooding. Several cars were underwater on the road to Okeechobee. The engines were completely submerged.
“We have pumps that work all over the city,” said Hialeah mayor Carlos Hernandez. “Our biggest enemy right now is more rain. “
As of Wednesday evening, parts of Hialeah were still facing several inches of flooding, more than 24 hours after Tuesday’s record rainfall.
In Opa-locka, there was flooding along Alexandria Avenue. And in North Miami, there was always flooding in the areas along 11th Avenue. The canals were still overflowing at El Portal and areas of Biscayne Boulevard were still flooded near Miami Shores.
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