Miami-Dade and Broward counties average about 6.5 inches of rain in July, according to historical data from the water management district from 1981 through 2010. Before Wednesdays soaking, both counties had already exceeded that amount: 7.68 inches in Miami-Dade and 7.85 inches in Broward so far this month.
All of that rain has put a damper on some major road-construction projects.
There are certain operations that cant be done in the rain, like placing concrete, paving asphalt, working with lime rock, said Oscar Gonzalez, a Florida Department of Transportation spokesman who is helping to oversee a massive linking of two busy highways: State Road 826 (the Palmetto) and State Road 836 (the Dolphin).
I would call it a temporary delay. Obviously, it sets us back a bit, but nothing major, he said, noting that the department takes inclement weather into consideration for its timeline estimates, and that the 826-836 project is still on target for a 2015 completion.
Another big road-construction endeavor overhauling the Miami Beach flyover that connects the MacArthur Causeway to Alton Road had a weather-related hiccup this week when rain pushed back the projects start from Sunday night to Monday night. On Wednesday, FDOT crews trudged on, despite the weather.
Theyre out there, working in the rain, trying to get as much done as possible, project spokeswoman Heather Leslie said.
Diehls forecast calls for more of the same for the rest of the week.
There will be relief at some points, but its a pretty frustrating forecast with lots of gloom and doom, he said. The bottom line is: You cant let your guard down yet.
MORE RAIN LIKELY
Diehl said there is about a 75 percent chance of rain Thursday, with heavy, isolated thunderstorms possible. Highs will be in the mid-80s and lows in the low-70s as if youll be going outside anytime soon.
In Doral, where the weather service reported up to 6 inches of rain Wednesday, flooded streets along Northwest 79th Avenue meant a slow business day for many of the tile and marble shops that line that corridor.
Barbara Acosta, a sales representative at General Ceramic Tiles and Stones, said she had no walk-in customers to speak of. She even had to find another means to get to work.
My husband had to bring me in a bigger car, she said.
Miami Herald photojournalist Walter Michot and staff writers Curtis Morgan, Christina Veiga, Jordan Levin, Joey Flechas and Charlene Pacenti contributed to this report.