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.