MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — With more rain in the forecast on Thursday, many Treasure Coast neighborhoods remain swamped following Wednesday's strong storms.
WPTV Chopper 5 flew over several communities throughout Martin County around 9 a.m. and saw streets underwater, cars driving through several inches of floodwater, and floodwater coming up to the front doors of many homes.
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In the Hobe Heights community in Hobe Sound, the water is waist-deep and people are using boats to get around on Thursday.
Waist deep water in parts of Hobe Heights in Hobe Sounds. Residents have had long standing issues with drainage. pic.twitter.com/di49fKU9dn— Meghan McRoberts (@MeghanWPTV) June 4, 2020
A flood watch is in effect for Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties until 4 p.m. Saturday, and Palm Beach County until 8 a.m. Friday.
WPTV First Alert Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle said our wet weather pattern will continue into the weekend and early next week. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are possible with an additional several inches of rain possible into the weekend.
The ground is saturated so downpours will cause flooding quickly, Weagle said.
WPTV First Alert Meteorologist Steve Villanueva said that over the last three days, parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties have seen five to 10 inches of rain.
More showers and thunderstorms could hit the area again on Thursday, and rainfall may be very heavy at times.