Flooding in Boynton Beach: ‘Thank God the rain stopped’

Flood insurance is important here in Florida. Some people may think it is not necessary to carry the coverage to protect their belongings. Read the article below from January 10, 2014 regarding flooding in Boynton Beach.

Boynton Beach was among the hardest hit by the overnight downpours. This is what people are seeing and saying:

Vanessa and Ward Barlow, who live in Building 12 at Bent Tree Gardens West off Boynton Beach Boulevard and Military Trail, said there is about three feet of water in the neighborhood.

They had to walk out to the front of the neighborhood and saw several card stranded because of the flooding.

“Tow trucks have been out all morning removing cars,” Ward Barlow said.

Vanessa Barlow saw some residents using towels, and even vacuum cleaners, to get the water out of their cars. And the community’s clubhouse is inaccessible because of the water accumulation.

“We were lucky. We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee,” she added.

The drains at the community were cleared about a month ago, Wars Barlow said. Otherwise, he said, things could have been worse.

Boynton Beach Commissioner Joe Casello lives on Lawrence Road, which is under about 6-8 inches of water between Gateway and Hypoluxo roads. Casello said he started getting concerned when he saw the water from these starting to creep into some of the villas in his neighborhood.

“Thank God the rain stopped,” he said.

Casello spoke with city officials this morning, who said the areas worst affected were on Gateway west of Interstate 95. He said sanitation crews were already heading out to start clearing streets.

Palm Beach Post staff writer Ana Valdes