Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood declare state of emergency as torrential rains flood roads

Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood are under a state of state of emergency Wednesday as torrential rains led to flooded roads and a partial closure of Interstate 95.

“Due to ongoing heavy rainfall, several roadways throughout the City of Fort Lauderdale, including major thoroughfares like Broward Boulevard and Federal Highway near downtown, are experiencing high water levels,” Mayor Dean Trantalis tweeted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

A state of emergency also went into effect for Hollywood around 5 p.m. All community centers in the city are closed for the evening, as well as all city-sponsored activities and meetings.

Trantalis said emergency management staff is actively monitoring the situation in Fort Lauderdale and mobilizing resources across the city. “High-water vehicles have been strategically deployed throughout the city and are prepared to respond as needed,” he said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will also be sending boats and buggies to the area.

A city spokeswoman said Trantalis spoke to Florida Division of Emergency Management Executive Director Kevin Guthrie after making the emergency declaration and that Guthrie pledged to devote any available resources to Fort Lauderdale.

People are urged to avoid driving if possible and to not attempt to drive through high water. I-95 southbound at Oakland Park Boulevard is closed.

City of Fort Lauderdale administrative offices are closed. All city board and committee meetings and parks activities are also canceled.