Friday afternoon’s downpour flooded Belle Isle again, stalling cars on the Venetian Causeway and forcing dozens of residents to abandon their rides on the roadside and walk in knee-high water.
The deluge marks the second time in less than a year that heavy rains brought the island to a standstill. A storm on June 5, 2009 swamped the causeway from DiLido Island east. Here’s our report on that day of rainy misery.
This time, the worst flooding seemed confined to Belle Isle, which has suffered significant drainage problems for years. The city of Miami Beach is supposed to vote next week on several storm-water drainage improvements to relieve frequent flooding on West Avenue and near Flamingo Park, but the Belle Isle issue isn’t on the agenda.
While Belle Isle was impassible, the side streets on Rivo Alto, DiLido and San Marino islands also overflowed.