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Torrential Rain Leads To Street Flooding In Broward & Miami-Dade

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HIALEAH (CBSMiami) — The National Weather Service issued flood advisories for parts of South Florida Thursday afternoon.

Rising water could be found along streets in Hialeah, Doral and many coastal communities in northeastern Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Thursday’s storm dropped 6 inches of rain in part of Hialeah, making driving hectic.

“Flooding it’s horrible,” said driver Migdalia Mejides.   “I came from Hialeah, but when I came it was like crossing a river.  It’s horrible!”

On 8th Avenue just north of 49th traffic crawled through deep flood water.

For drivers who braved the trip, it was a slow go — and for those low cars — water got up pretty high. “A lot of flooding,” said Juan Fernandez. “Sometimes you can see the water all the way to the tires, above the tires on some cars.”

The rain fell so fast, the storm drains couldn’t collect it all, leaving a flooded mess behind and just before rush hour.

It will take a while to get home for many.  So maybe lay off the horn a bit and just chill out.

“Everybody’s been having a sporty attitude, thank God!” said Fernandez.   “For Miami it’s a little weird, but everybody’s having a sporty attitude.”
Sections of Dania Beach got hammered with heavy rainfall, forcing workers to shut down a small portion of Stirling Road near U.S. 1 after waters rose during rush hour and stranded numerous drivers.

A CBS 4 viewer snapped a photo of several people pushing a car stuck near U.S. 1 and Stirling Road. The photo shows small waves rippling in the water.

The owner of a Mazda that got stuck showed us the inside of his vehicle with water covering the center console and floorboards.

Andy Albrecht was also caught in the mess. His car stalled and had to be towed. He got creative with a cup that was laying around his vehicle when the water started to pour in.

“There was a good inch and a half in there,” he said. “I bailed that out then it started filling back up again.”

It was brisk business for towing companies. And workers got busy clearing storm drains and shutting down streets throughout affected areas of the county.

By late Thursday night, flood advisories for the area had been canceled.

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