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Pump failed during heavy flooding in Jacksonville Beach

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Updated: 10/08/2013 8:17 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Home and business owners are still trying to figure out what keeps causing roads to flood during heavy rain. Monday night Third Street was impassible and many area businesses suffered damage.

Rita's at the beach is open for business Tuesday. They were Monday too, though customers couldn't get to the window. Employee Derek Revis said water got ten feet from the door.

"All the way up, next door was flooded all the way through," he said.

Revis said Third Street turned into a river. Driving? Forget about it.

"Not any boats. I did see a canoe though," he said.

[Slideshow: Jax Beach Flooding]

Inside YogaBerry a few doors down, the mess has been mopped up, but a worker said the store suffered damage they will have to pay to repair. Action News was told standing water filled the entire store, even after employees piled up sandbags. So who is to blame?

Action News spoke with City Manager George Forbes. He said one of their pumps failed Monday at 2nd Street North and 9th Avenue North and it was out for two hours. But he said that didn't cause the flooding. He said the city measured 3.6 inches of rain in two hours and the island of Jax Beach simply can't handle rain like that.

Revis said luckily the hungry customers were able to get their goods Tuesday. But lingering rain and dark skies have him nervous. He says the city needs to figure out a better solution.

"They need to do something about it cuz what else are they doing. There's stuff everywhere," he said.

Forbes said the good news is it wasn't high tide when the rain fell last night and because the drainage system does work, the water was able to drain out quickly.

Some businesses had to hire private cleaning crews to clean up the mess left behind.


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