Sandy fells new Venetian Causeway palms, floods West Avenue, Alton Road

Freshly planted palms toppled on Biscayne Island

Winds from the fringes of Hurricane Sandy knocked down four freshly planted palm trees overnight on Biscayne Island.

For part of Thursday night and Friday morning, the palms blocked lanes on the Venetian Causeway.  By 7:20 a.m., workers had moved all of them into the new median, part of the Venetian improvements.

Meanwhile, high tides and rain from Sandy made West Avenue impassible between Fifth and 10th streets early Friday, and flooded the easternmost lane of Alton Road.

Cars parked on curbs had water above their doors, and drivers heading south toward the MacArthur Causeway had to turn around at about Eighth Street.

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