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Flooding swamps Treasure Coast neighborhoods

Posted: 9:04 AM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-22 15:54:58Z
Port St. Lucie flooding traps residents in homes
Port St. Lucie flooding traps residents in homes
Port St. Lucie flooding traps residents in homes

Residents in a Port St. Lucie neighborhood became trapped in their homes after flooding early Tuesday morning.

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The flooding occurred along Tiger Avenue where residents said they have not seen flooding like this in several years. 

City officials said a blocked culvert contributed to the problem after an estimated 4 and 1/2 inches of rain fell Tuesday morning over the eastern areas of Port St. Lucie. 

The residents said the city worked to fix the drainage along the street, and this is the first time they have seen this type of flooding. 

At least one car was stalled out and stuck in the flood waters.

A flood warning was issued for areas of St. Lucie and Martin counties, but the warning expired at 8:30 a.m. 

By 11 a.m. the water had subsided substantially, allowing residents to exit their homes.

Port St. Lucie officials said in a written statement Tuesday that 11 to 13 inches of rain have fallen in the last eight days, causing the city's drainage systems to operate at full capacity.

Other flooding was reported Tuesday morning on Blackwell Drive, Melaleuca Boulevard and Lennard Road. 

In Fort Pierce, the city registered 1.65 inches of rain Tuesday morning. This broke a record set in 1906.