MIAMI (CBSMiami) – My what a difference a day makes as flood water in parts of Broward starts to recede.
Wednesday in east Hollywood, sewer water was bubbling up from under manhole covers, flooding streets and causing a stinky mess.
Hollywood officials told CBS4 all that rainwater and flooding from Eta overwhelmed the wastewater system, doubling the amount of sewage that normally flows to the treatment plant.
“The operation at that facility is typically 45-50 million gallons daily. Right now the facility is operating at 100 million gallons. So the pressure on the system is great,” said Hollywood spokeswoman Joann Hussey.
“It smells really horrible,” said Jon Wilson. “It just smells like water that comes out of your toilet.”
The overburdened system wasn’t just a Hollywood problem. The plant treats sewage for Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, and parts of Southern Broward.
Thursday morning, the bubbling had stopped, the water was draining, and the streets were drying out.
Hollywood is still urging people on their system to reduce the use of water.
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But it wasn’t good news for everyone.
Pembroke Pines police issued a high water traffic alert for NW 186th Avenue, between Taft Street and Pines Boulevard.
“I’ve lived here in Pembroke Pince since 1992 and it’s the worst I’ve seen. So something is not happening, it’s the lakes. So either they didn’t plan for it, which it is what it is, but hey we are health and safe and this is just a pain in the behind,” said Greg Hilliar.
Flooding also occurred in sections of Fort Lauderdale.
“It was flooded, the whole place (house) was flooded, the roof in my daughter’s room was caving in,” said Kasi Shelton.
The Shelton family was one of many forced of Melrose Park by rising flood waters.
“My mom, I just left her house, she said this was just a patch in time and we will get through it,” she said.
Pump trucks were brought in on Wednesday to suck the water out of the streets.
Thursday morning, the water was visibly lower in Melrose Park and nearby Melrose Manor.
Broward received 12 to 14 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Eta.