Hurricane Sandy Still Flooding Parts of Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach
Hurricane Sandy might have morphed into a giant super mega storm in the North Atlantic, but she managed to leave a big heaping mess in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach with swells and flooding at high tide.
Roadway flooding has been reported along Las Olas Boulevard as well as some downtown Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods.
The New River was lapping over near Cooley's Landing. State Road A1A was closed through Monday from Bayshore Drive to Northeast 20th street, and storm surge sand is being removed along A1A.
In Lantana, in Palm Beach, a lifeguard stand was sucked into the sea and beaches remain closed to the public.
This is all courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, who went from tropical nuisance to crazy lady storm pretty quickly over the weekend.
Thanks to high tide swells and Sandy's high winds, Fort Lauderdale officials are expecting more flooding throughout the day, and could continue into Tuesday. There have been a few reports of flooded homes and buildings along the coast as well.
On Sunday, the American Red Cross South handed out food and water to about 60 homes affected by flooding on A1A.
Meanwhile, some street drains have been clogged with palm tree branches, bottle caps, cardboard, other paraphernalia, keeping the flooding from receding fast enough.
The residents affected have power, but the traffic lights in the flooded areas have not been operating.
Sanitation services and garbage pick-up are canceled Monday in the affected areas.
Officials are urging drivers to find alternative routes because driving into the flooded areas would not be very smart.