MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Coconut Grove is looking like a kiddie pool thanks to Thursday’s heavy rains.
About two inches of rains poured into the area, flooding a majority of the streets.
Locals say this type of flooding, which stretched as far as Bayshore, is unusual.
Hugh McCray, who was going to go sailing, said his day was interrupted by heavy downpour.
“It was postponed for five hours. The race, there was a world cup today,” he explained. “We’ve had it postponed all day cause it was raining pretty hard I guess.”
It was a slow and steady rain with nowhere to drain.
El Niño generated waves of rain and then almost a tragedy.
Miami Fire Rescue said a 90-year-old shrimper in a small dinghy was on his way to a boat when he somehow fell into the choppy wind-swept Biscayne Bay near the Japanese Gardens Marina.
“At that time he was able to swim to a floating buoy that was in the water. Clinging on it waiting hopefully rescue would arrive,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
They did fortunately did and he is just fine.