Historic rainfall touches down on South Florida (includes video story)

On Wednesday, South Florida experienced severe historic flooding that resulted in stranded cars and people unable to commute to work.

According to the National Weather Service, Miami-Dade County received 13.5 inches of rain, while Broward County received an astounding 25 inches of rain within just 24 hours, setting a new record for the rainiest day in the history of Fort Lauderdale.

As a result, residents woke up today to assess the damages after spending the night trapped in their homes.

“We ran hundreds hundreds of water rescues in Broward County for people,” said Battalion Chief Michael Kane of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. “Now, the majority of these people that were trapped in required rescue were actually in their vehicles […] However, we did have some people that were trapped in their homes.”

The flooding also caused disruptions at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, with a ground stop followed by closure, leaving stranded travelers trying to figure out their next steps as runways turned into lakes, rendering cars and airplanes immobile.

The airport was reopened today at 9 a.m. after being closed since Wednesday. Broward County Public Schools will also remain closed today.

Alexa Velez is a senior at FIU majoring in broadcast media with a concentration in English. She has written for PantherNOW and Caplin News and is a recipient of the NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship. She completed her first internship on a national radio station, SLAM! Radio on Sirius XM 145, during the summer. She aims to network with others within the field and continue gaining experience in an effort to grow professionally and perfect her craft as a journalist.