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Soaking Rains Create Morning Hassle In South Florida Neighborhood

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Relentless rains fell from the skies Thursday evening creating a soggy mess in many South Florida neighborhoods.

At some homes off of North Miami Avenue and Northeast 83 Street, residents woke up to what appeared to be water front properties. With each passing car, the flood waters washed up on front lawns and driveways.

"It's like this every time it rains. Whenever it rains hard, it flood out like this here," said resident Jack Cottle. "We need another drainage system over here. It's ridiculous. A lot of cars break down out here."

Some homeowners, familiar with the flooding, set up sandbags as soon as the rains begin to get heavy.

"Almost immediately it was flooding," said Darmeshia Asberry. "It's going to be an adventure getting to work," she said.

Students on their way to school were frustrated that they had to take off their shoes in order to avoid a soggy mess.

"I hate this. We gotta take off our shoes every time," said student Ira Baker. Ira also said that sometimes the water isn't gone by the time school is dismissed.

Thursday's rains caused problems all across South Florida. Fort Lauderdale was drenched in a record 4.71 inches of rain.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, this broke a previous record for November 21  of 2.88 inches which was set back in 1912.

While Miami saw 1.01 inches of rain Thursday, far from a record, the city also broke a rain record in 1912 with 7.28 inches of rain.

According to CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard, the rain was a result of a stalled cold front combined with an unusual high amount of moisture for November.


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