Reporting Joan Murray
HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) - In east Hollywood relentless rain turned roads into rivers Friday.
Driver after driver detoured into disaster on Sheridan Street east of Federal highway.
Strangers carried Doris Forshaw from her submerged vehicle.
“It was pretty scary because the water was flooding into the car,” said her granddaughter, Trish Forshaw who was in the car with her. “We had to get her out through the window.”
Doris Forshaw said she had no idea the water was so deep.
“I’m not worried about my car. It was a stupid thing to be out in the rain today,” said Doris.
Terri Debrita also found herself stuck in deep water on Sheridan Street. Fire Rescue helped her to dry ground.
“It was very scary. The water kept coming in and in and in.”
Some drivers simply abandoned their submerged cars.
Due to the rain, tow truck drivers were on overdrive.
“I’m a backup driver and I towed eight cars in two hours,” said Tom Mcelyea.
On East Hollywood Boulevard neighborhoods, to the north and south, the water was knee-deep forcing people on their way home from work to slosh their way to their front door.
This is the worst flooding here in 15-years said Ron Wise who parked his car on the bridge along with several other drivers who could not drive into their flooded neighborhood.
“I don’t want to drive through the water. I don’t want to leave the car. I’m stranded,” said Wise.
Hollywood work crews spent Friday evening handing out sandbags and putting up barriers to prevent drivers from going down flooded streets.
“We’ve had eight-inches of rain in 24-hours,” said Emergency Management Director Jaime Hernandez.
“The ground is saturated and thankfully it happened during low tide or it could have been a lot worse.”