Jupiter roads back open after heavy flooding


Roads in Jupiter were reopened Thursday morning after heavy rains and flooding closed them Wednesday night.

Jupiter police say they're aware there could be more rain on Thursday but aren't taking any extra precautions and say there are always people on call ready to respond.

Department of Public Works employees inspected and cleared storm drains Wednesday night after the heavy rain.

Jupiter police say some of the hardest hit areas because of flooding was Indiantown Road, Old Dixie Highway, and Alternate A1A.


Many people in Jupiter and Tequesta are hoping for dry weather. On Wednesday evening, heavy rains pounded the area and caused trouble on the road.

"It was ferocious," says driver Murray Steinfeld, "It came down unlike any I've seen in a quite a while here."

The rain flooded parts of Old Dixie Highway. Police blocked off traffic lanes with high water. But drivers still tried to get through.

"Everybody's ending up like that lady in a ditch," says driver Brian Mark, "So we just stopped to try and pull her out but I guess she's just waiting for a tow company to come pull her out."

As the water rose, some drivers ran into trouble. Pictures and video sent to WPTV show the mess. There were cars stuck in the road and water covering parking lots.

A local restaurant owner says he thinks there might be something wrong with the drains at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Old Dixie Highway. He says the area has only seen flooding issues in the past year.

"Just what you're seeing out there tonight. a lot of water not going anywhere," says Rich Perez, owner of the Lighthouse Diner.

Tow truck drivers stayed busy.  At least three cars had to be towed from Cypress Street which was flooded.

After the rain stopped, Jupiter Public Works employees inspected and cleared the drains on Cypress Street.

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