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Post-storm flooding dries up

South Florida streets that flooded in Friday’s deluge dried on Saturday as the rains petered out and water managers drew water away from drenched coastal communities.

Water district managers had prepared for the storms, caused by feeder bands trailing Tropical Storm Andrea, by lowering water levels in western areas so overworked stormwater structures on the coast didn’t back up under the load.

“We had lots of advance notice, so we lowered water in canals to allow for more water,” said Gabe Margasak, South Florida Water Management District spokesman.

Coastal areas outside of the water management district’s control tend to drain naturally, though more slowly.

A falling tide in the late afternoon pulled more water out of the drainage system, Margasak said.

In Hollywood, where city management passed out sandbags door-to-door Friday and told residents to call the police department’s non-emergency line if they needed help, the city used auxiliary pumps working at full capacity alongside its stationary pumps to suck out more water.

They worked, and Hollywood streets were largely dry by Saturday afternoon.

Hollywood police officers said they didn’t receive any storm or flooding-related complaints during the day.

Police officers in North Miami said roads were drying out there as well, and none was closed because of flooding Saturday evening.

Floodwaters also receded in Aventura, where police towed 150 vehicles from city roadways Friday and shoppers at the Aventura Mall were trapped when the parking lots filled with water.

Only one street, Northeast 29th Place between Aventura Boulevard and Ives Dairy Road, was closed late Saturday afternoon due to standing water.

Meteorologists said the weather is clearing as Andrea moves north, giving South Florida a chance to recover from its soaking.

Sunday will be largely dry, with a 20-30 percent chance of rain in eastern coastal areas, said Dan Gregoria, National Weather Service meteorologist.

Monday will be hot with only a slight chance of rain.

“We’re returning to a more typical South Florida pattern,” he said. “Sunny in the morning, and some afternoon thunderstorms.”

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