Torrential rain of over 25 inches (635 mm) fell in 24 hours in Fort Lauderdale in South Florida, USA, triggering flash floods.
Stranded cars littered the streets around Fort Lauderdale, the City of Dania Beach and surrounding parts of Broward County. As of early 13 April, Fort Lauderdale Police reported at least 8 roads in the city were still impassable.
The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, declared a state of emergency after flooding overnight from 12 to 13 April 2023. He said the amount of rain was unprecedented. Emergency crews received over 900 calls for assistance and worked continuously through the night to carry out rescues.
“I give my heartfelt thanks to the police officers, firefighters, public works employees and other city staffers that worked hard through the storm,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said.
Many of those impacted by the flooding were taken to an emergency centre set up by the Red Cross. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was forced to suspend its service. Broward County has closed all public schools in response to the severe weather.
The City of Dania Beach also declared a State of Emergency, and officials urged residents to stay off the streets.
National Weather Service (NWS) Miami said Fort Lauderdale recorded 25.91 inches (658.11 mm) of rain in 24 hours to 13 April. Hollywood recorded 18.16 inches (461.26 mm) and Dania Beach 17.30 inches (439.42 mm). The average rainfall in Fort Lauderdale for the whole of April is between 3 to 4 inches (76.2 mm to 101.6 mm).
Right now outside the Pearl condos in Fort Lauderdale Florida #FortLauderdale #flooding #tornadoes
— Lily Funds (@LilyFunds) April 13, 2023

Downtown Fort Lauderdale flooding off Los Olas right now looks like a giant river.
— Florida Drone Cleaning LLC DOUGLAS THRON (@douglasthron777) April 13, 2023

First look at flooding at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Airport remains closed through at least noon today.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) April 13, 2023

Just shot this drone video of downtown Fort Lauderdale still flooded right now with countless cars trapped in the high water.
— Florida Drone Cleaning LLC DOUGLAS THRON (@douglasthron777) April 13, 2023

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