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Anything Goes in the Waterlogged Streets of Miami

Aired October 4, 2000 - 2:28 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: People in south Florida are dealing with the after-effects from two days of tropical downpours. More than a foot of rain has fallen in some areas. One of the hardest hit is the city of Miami.

We get the story from Krista Moreno of CNN affiliate WPLG.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KRISTA MORENO, WPLG REPORTER (voice-over): Desperate times call for desperate measures. This morning dozens of commuters had to ditch their cars and tread through knee-deep water on 36th Street.

This guy wasn't shy, he just didn't want to get his pants wet.

Hours later, Janet Hiller (ph) had to leave car at 82nd Avenue.

JANET HILLER: It's a nightmare; and I didn't listen to the radio until after I left Fort Lauderdale and was halfway here.

MORENO: Chaos was king out here today, whether you had to walk, wait, push or pedal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my God; it took me four hours to get from 107th to 87th.

MORENO: Hours is what these guys from California will spend in this semi -- stuck with nowhere to go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of a sudden, just all these cars stalled in front of us, and we're stuck.

MORENO (on camera): It's amazing no one has been seriously hurt out here with no traffic enforcement for the past four hours. It's really anything goes. One lane of traffic is now two ways. No holds barred.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have lived in different countries; I have never seen anything like this.

MORENO (voice-over): There's oil in the water, too, and dangerous debris like boards with nails from nearby construction. AAA and the tow trucks seem to be waterloged too.

The best bet may be to take the day off.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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