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Jax Beach drivers caught off guard by torrential downpours

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Updated: 10/11/2013 3:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Rain, we expected, but the torrential downpours still surprised some. Monday's evening commute, was soaked, as hundreds of cars sloshed through the flood waters on 3rd Street. Others barely made it through. Our camera caught two onlookers rescuing a driver from the flood.

"I just got out of the Jeep and started pushing. Luckily, someone else came up and started helping me," said Garret Park.

Her car is now safe, but when Action News asked the woman to tell us how it happened, her frustration was clear.

"There is water in my car. Everything is done. I got stuck right there. I can't even talk anymore I'm so upset," Park said. 

Another driver, stranded in the roadway probably felt the same way. Neighbors say the driver is visiting from Nashville, and was forced to abandon his rental car.

The flood didn't put everyone off. We spoke with one pedestrian, who walked barefoot to the market to pickup food.

"Knee deep all the way here," said Daniel Briggs. 

It got so bad Jax Beach Police closed off the roads and even had help from Neptune Beach Police to reroute drivers. Since there is an ongoing storm drain improvement project in Jax Beach, Action News wanted to know if the storm drains were working properly.

We took our questions to Mayor Charlie Latham. He says the drains were not the problem, the heavy amount of rain in such a short period of time, was the problem. Latham also says there should be no problems for drivers' morning commute on Tuesday.
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rebekah - 10/8/2013 4:28 PM
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my classmate's step-mother makes $74 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her check was $15064 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here...... ??? W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M ???

Starteaser01 - 10/8/2013 7:45 AM
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The Beaches FLOOD every time we get a heavy rain and to say this was an unusual storm is ridiculous! That was normal for the Beaches so what is going to happen when we do get a heavy storm like a hurricane????? So Politicians don't say it was an adnormal storm.
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