The Southeastern portion of the State of Florida is suffering from extensive flooding today. Historical unprecedented rainfall has delivered in excess of 18” of rain in some areas. The areas affected are from Southern Indian River County South to Palm Beach County. Road flooding created havoc throughout the day Thursday January 9. Countless vehicles were submerged, stranded, and left abondoned. Road response services such as AAA and local towing companies were reporting in excess of 120 calls for service at 3pm quoting response times in excess of 3-4 hours. Many motorists were stranded in their vehicles forced to sleep there overnight.
One neighborhood, Longwood Village was reported to have waist high water levels when standing in the middle of the roadways.
A possible tornado was said to have struck a mobile home community in Hobe Sound, FL within Martin County.
I-95 was shut down in both directions near Boynton Beach due to canal flooding with excess of 18” of water flowing onto the roadway.
Here are the latest updates as of Friday January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am
Floods: Areas still assessing damage.
Roads: I-95 near Boynton Beach Southbound now has only two travel lanes open.
St. Lucie County, Martin County, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Offices and their respective Municipalities are reporting excessive road closures due to flooding, and damage.
Hospitals: Two hospitals reporting being affected are Delray Hospital and Ft. Pierce Lawnwood Medical Center ( A level One regional Trauma Center ) was reporting water flooding and damage to the first floor.
Schools: All public school systems in St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties are reporting closure including several Charter schools and private Christian schools as well.
Power: Barrier Islands such as Hutchison Island, are reporting power and telephone loss.
With all thanks to God, no injuries have been reported, and the situation will continously be monitored and reported.