Gov. Rick Scott gets answers from South Florida Water Management District

Scott examines South Florida in helicopter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) officials showed Governor Rick Scott Wednesday morning why much of western Palm Beach County remains underwater.

SFWMD water experts said the canal system throughout Palm Beach County was built for a smaller population and isn't designed for this much rain.

The district says it is pumping water and lowering levels -- the equivalent of about 100,000 residential swimming pools a day is getting pumped from the C-51 canal.

But people living in flooded areas like the Acreage, Loxahatchee and Wellington aren't seeing the water go down.

"With all due respect governor, we appreciate you being here, government has continued to talk, regulators have continued to talk to put a smile on your face," said Andrew Stein of Loxahatchee. 

Stein was at the briefing with Gov. Scott, asking for help with serious flooding.

The governor says people facing emergency issues can get local help -- and federal help may be on the way too through FEMA.

Scott said officials then perhaps could take a look at how to prevent this trouble from happening again.

"Then it gives you the opportunity to sit back and say based on now, what we know, this is a one in 100 year flood, what should we change and that's what we'll do over time, but right now let's deal with families struggling to get to work or get to school," said Gov. Scott.

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