FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – While the worst of Hurricane Sandy’s rain and wind hit South Florida on Thursday and Friday, it left behind a wet mess for some coastal cities.
Various cities including Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Golden Beach, Surfside and Hallandale Beach reported coastal flooding along and over State Road A1A.
Eric Kozlowski, co-owner of Primani Bros. on A1A in Ft. Lauderdale, said storm surge from Sandy pushed water into their store front. He said they used 100 sand bags against the front of the store to keep most of it water out. He added that people lined up in knee-deep water for their orders.
State Road A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach, from Bayshore Drive to NE 20th Street, is temporarily closed and access to the beach via East Sunrise Boulevard remains closed at Sunrise Lane. Drivers should avoid these areas until further notice and should also avoid all areas with standing water.
Ft. Lauderdale resident Adriane Reesey told CBS4 the water in her neighborhood said the water was so high, that cars driving down her street caused a wake which pushed water into the homes and garages. She added that garbage cans were floating down the street spill trash everywhere. She wrote Mayor Jack Seiler and requested that 20th Avenue and 7th Street, along with 7th Court and 7th Place, until the flood waters subside.
Residents and businesses in the flooded areas have been urged to take precautions and be prepared for additional flooding over the next 24 to 48 hours during high tide times.
Sunday night the tide will peak between 8:15 and 9:00 pm. Effects of rising waters will begin to be seen at 6:00 pm and water is not expected to recede until approximately 11:00 pm.
On Sunday, Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn urged residents and visitors to leave extra time on Monday because of localized flooding.
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Broward and Miami-Dade, including Miami Beach, through 10 a.m. Monday. Elevated water levels and waves as high as 10 feet may lead to temporary flooding of low lying areas including Alton Road at 10th Street, N. Bay Road at 55th Street and Indian Creek Drive.