For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz tours Sweetwater and Doral to assess areas most affected by flooding

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz works to unclog drains near streets affected by flooding in Doral. 

Torrential downpours in South Florida have caused flooding issues throughout Miami-Dade’s District 12, particularly in the Doral and Sweetwater areas. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz spent the morning of May 24, 2012 touring both areas and determining the neighborhoods and streets most affected by flooding. The commissioner is working with officials in both cities to alleviate the situation on municipal roads.

On Wednesday, pumps had been placed by the City of Doral near NW 77th Court and 35th Street until 1:30 a.m., pumping water into a nearby canal. Thursday morning showed some improvement, but the flooding was still substantial enough to prevent residents from driving in the area. Commissioner Diaz spent time clearing some drains clogged with debris. No plans have been made to install pumps again as the water appears to be receding.

“This wet weather is not going to let up anytime soon, so I advise residents to avoid any streets with major flooding to avoid accidents and damage to their cars,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Although these streets are not designated as County roads, I’m still working with the officials from both Sweetwater and Doral to resolve the issue quickly.”

The Miami-Dade County Public Works & Waste Management Department has no current report of any street flooding on roads that are maintained by the County.  However, the possibility of localized street flooding remains as the rains continue.  Residents are advised to avoid traveling on any flooded streets they may encounter, as the depth of the water may be difficult to determine.  Residents of unincorporated Miami-Dade County can call 3-1-1 to report street flooding; residents of municipalities within Miami-Dade County should contact their municipal officials for street flooding issues. 

Commissioner Diaz surveys a flooded street in Doral.


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