Some streets still flooded in St. Lucie County

Posted at 5:44 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 17:44:31-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla.-- Nearly a foot of rain came down on the Treasure Coast Tuesday evening, and left behind plenty of standing water across the area.

In Lakewood Park in St. Lucie County, streets slowly started to dry up on Thursday afternoon. Some streets, though, could be mistaken for ponds.

Frank McKee lives in the community. He said it tends to flood there once a year.

He said the water typically drains into the canal behind his house.

"It was intended to drain into that canal, but when the canal was at the level like it was this morning, there's nowhere for it to go," he said.

He said that when he came home Tuesday night, his neighborhood was covered with standing water.

"Left early in the evening, and when I came home around 8 o'clock it was dark. That water, after dark, you don't know if you're looking at 6 inches or what you're looking at. Like you people on the TV say, don't drive in it if you don't know how deep it is," he said.

His son, Gary McKee, has been coming back and forth from Frank's house to help him out with getting groceries and running errands since the 87-year-old's car is too low to drive in the water.

Gary said that on Wednesday they actually measured the height of the standing water in Frank's yard.

"We measured, it was 20 inches. We measured because we were trying to see if he could get his car out. And he can't," Gary said.

St. Lucie County officials say employees are making sure local drains are cleared so the water drains as quickly as possible.

It's not as easy to control water levels in area canals, officials say, because they flow into waterways that are controlled by other agencies.

The excessive rain also caused damage in Fort Pierce along Angle Road.

Part of the roadway collapsed between Kings Highway and Johnston.

According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, the road will be shut down for several weeks until it gets fixed.