ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Rain has flooded a local street in Orange County for the second time in just a few days. The water is getting so high that people have to escape through their own car windows.
Torrential rain can cause major headaches for drivers when the water gets too high for cars to drive through. The corner of Silver Star Road and Powers Drive is clear this Wednesday morning, but was flooded on Tuesday night. Cars were submerged up to the windows.
A sheriff's deputy confirmed that people had to be rescued out of both of those cars. The people inside are okay.
The area is known to flood. One woman told Fox 35 that this was the worst she has seen it and pointed out that the pump, which was placed in the area to keep it from flooding, was not working on Tuesday night. And just this past weekend, Fox 35 photographers captured video of the same intersection flooding.
While this may be a recurring problem, the city's public works department said that it is up to these flood-prone neighborhoods to call public works so that they can respond to pump the water out.
The Orange County Government has responded to the flooding concern. They say that the landlocked Silver Star Lake is a heavily vegetated private lake, which is privately maintained – not by the County. And it has not been properly maintained. They believe to alleviate this situation, the flood stage from the landlocked lake must be reduced. This can be done by setting up pumps and solid hoses by making modifications to the driveways to facilitate the system to discharge along the high point of Silver Star Road near Pioneer Drive whereby the floodwater can reach to Woodsmere Pump Station.