Isaac leaves So. Fla. neighborhoods flooded
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WHDH) -- Flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac is affecting a major roadway as well as neighborhoods.
The Sawgrass Expressway's southbound entrance and exit ramps in Sunrise at the Atlantic Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard interchanges had to be closed late Monday afternoon due to rising flood waters. The rising waters resulted from downpours of rain from the storms feeding Tropical Storm Isaac as it heads away from South Florida.
The Department of Transportation shut down the ramps in fear cars could stall in the rising waters, causing traffic congestion during the afternoon commute. Drivers are advised to take alternate routes.
The storm first hit South Florida over the weekend, leaving wind and storm damage. Besides fallen trees and the impacts they left, the cleanup also included soaked streets.
In a northwestern neighborhood of Lauderhill, along 46th Street, between University to Pine Island, residents are dealing with some serious flooding. Many people's homes are being affected with flooded streets, as cars passing through stir up wakes that can send water into homes. Police are trying to restrict traffic to only residents and commercial vehicles.
South Florida Water Management is trying to deal with the issue, according to city officials. Complicating matters, however, is that a lot of the flooding comes from overflowing canals in the area. The water might take a while to recede without mechanical help, so the city is trying to pump the water out.
Some residents who have lived in the area for 15 to 20 years said the effects of Isaac after only a matter of hours have left them with flooding the likes of which some have never seen. Dan Ross is one of those who lives in the area. He has three pumps working to keep the water out of his home.
The main concern right now, however, are the wakes caused by cars. Some residents have put up their own barriers to slow passing cars. Lauderhill Police have also put up cones to help in that matter by keeping cars out of the neighborhood.