Buckets of unneeded rain dumped on South Brevard

The low-pressure system called Invest 99L camped out over South Brevard County on Sunday bringing an estimated six to eight inches of rain and prompting a flash flood warning spanning Sunday afternoon and evening.

On the barrier island, Melbourne Beach to Floridana Beach seemed to be hit hardest by the deluge, with street flooding and even a partial cave-in at the 500 block of Ocean Avenue near the Melbourne Beach Town Hall Complex.

The Melbourne Beach Police Department alerted residents by text and email around 2 p.m. Sunday that the road would be closed, and advised drivers to use Oak Street as an alternate route. The road closure was not extensive enough to prevent police and fire vehicles from getting in and out of the town complex, but that traffic might be diverted for several days while the damage is assessed and repaired.

In Indian Harbour Beach and Satellite Beach, the extra inches of water flowing into storm drains further stressed the beleaguered stormwater and wastewater system that nearly broke from Hurricane Irma’s rains.

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