Gov. DeSantis Declares State of Emergency in Florida Due to Major Flooding

Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in several southern Florida counties, including Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade, and Sarasota, following heavy rainfall that has caused severe flooding.

Emergency Measures and Affected Areas

The National Weather Service reported “life-threatening flooding” in areas like Hallandale and Hollywood within Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Earlier, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis also declared a state of emergency due to significant road flooding.

Emergency management teams are actively responding, deploying high-water vehicles and boats from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to assist residents. Authorities are urging people to stay off the roads.

Community Impact and Local Response

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has also declared a state of emergency, emphasizing the need to protect the community’s health and safety. Various departments are working to safeguard residents and businesses during this crisis.

Rainfall and Flooding Details

By Wednesday afternoon, Broward and Miami-Dade counties had seen up to seven inches of rain, with more expected. The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood area experienced rainfall rates of up to six inches per hour, while Sarasota saw nearly four inches per hour. Over the past few days, between six to ten inches of rain have fallen from Sarasota to Miami, causing significant flash flooding in places like Sarasota.

Weather Warnings and Precautions

A flood watch is in effect for southern Florida through Friday evening, with total rainfall possibly reaching 15 to 20 inches. Residents are encouraged to stay updated and take necessary precautions as the heavy rain and flooding continue.

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