Flooding Closes Ft Lauderdale Airport, Schools [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports:

Dozens of flights were canceled Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after torrential rain and street flooding brought parts of South Florida to a halt.

The relentless rain and windy conditions prompted the airport, second largest in the region, to suspend arriving and departing flights, the airport alerted via Twitter around 4:15 p.m.

On Wednesday night, the main roadways entering and exiting the airport were still flooded and congested with traffic while flights remained on pause. A site just east of the airport received more than 20 inches of rain in six hours Wednesday evening.

CBS News reports:

The city of Fort Lauderdale released a statement Wednesday evening urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads until the water has subsided.

“Police and Fire Rescue continue to answer calls for service,” the statement said. “Public Works staff are clearing drains and operating pumps to mitigate the water as quickly as possible.”

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for Fort Lauderdale and other areas at one point as the chance of thunderstorms continued across the region, warning: “This is a life-threatening situation. Seek higher ground now!”

Miami’s ABC affiliate reports:

Broward County’s public schools will remain closed on Thursday due to extensive flooding caused by inclement weather that began earlier this week and continues to batter the region, school district officials said.

The relentless rain also led to the full closure of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the roads surrounding it. FLL officials said the airport is expected to remain closed until at least noon on Thursday.

A spokesperson with Broward County Public Schools confirmed the cancellation of classes and after-school activities, late Wednesday night, citing the flooding and more rain being forecast for Thursday.