FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Heavy rain in areas of Broward County have left roadways under water and some impassable.
Widespread flooding is occurring with heavy rain, around 6-to-8 inches over a large area between 8 and 9 a.m.
“I knew it was raining but I didn’t know it was raining this bad,” said Christian Wright, who was surprised to see his Lauderhill neighborhood was flooded. “I don’t know how I’m gonna get to work, especially if the street is flooded like this.”
The rain started in eastern Broward, near Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, before moving to the north through Tamarac and into Sunrise and Coral Springs.
The area around Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, including Peremiter Road, has reported flooding.
Mid-morning showed breaks in the radar moving in from the south so there will be some relief, but that will likely only be temporary.
Showers will continue to develop which will give the area more isolated downpours throughout the day.
These waves of rain are moving along a narrow corridor, which remains over the area until Monday night.
That being the case, more periods of heavy rain will impact the area overnight Sunday and again Monday morning.
The Lauderhill Fire Chief has reported that all pumps are at maximum capacity to remove water and reduce canal levels in the area north of Oakland Park Boulevard and west of University Drive.
Some roads in the area are impassible.
When cars drive by, they are creating waves that caused a small amount of water to enter a few homes and structures.
“If you see a flooded street, turn around,” said Lauderhill Fire Dept. Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Levy. “You don’t want to take the chance of drowning. You don’t know the difference between a flooded street or a deep swale or a canal. A lot of the canals have overflowed so you can’t tell the roadway, the sidewalk, from a canal way.”
Additionally, over 5 inches of rain were reported in Sunrise on Sunday morning.
The area is likely seeing typical flooding around Sawgrass Mills Mall, which is common when there is heavy rain.