3.47 inches of rain in under 2 hours causes street flooding, sets record for July

David Syfrett works to get his wife's car out of the flooded street as a Gainesville police officer blocks traffic from turning off Northwest 16th Avenue onto Northwest 20th Way on Wednesday in Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:59 p.m.

A deluge across Gainesville late Wednesday afternoon left several streets flooded and some traffic lights out, but none of the problems resulted in serious crashes.

The 3.47 inches of rain that fell in under two hours put Gainesville over the top for the most rain on record for July, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Zaaron Allen in Jacksonville.

By Wednesday evening, with a couple hours left in the month, the total for July was 16.61 inches, just above the record of 16.41 inches set 104 years ago in 1909. The average for July is 6.07 inches.

Gainesville Police Department Officer Ben Tobias said flooding occurred on several sections of Northwest 16th Avenue, at University Avenue and 13th Street, on North Main Street and 10th Avenue and several smaller neighborhood streets.

“We had a couple of lights out on Waldo Road, but they were taken care of,” Tobias said.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported that 3.47 inches of rain fell at Gainesville Regional Airport from about 4:15 p.m.-6 p.m., and then it drizzled for a couple hours after that, adding to the total.

Meteorologist Ben Nelson said the rain was caused by a system of weather that moved south from Lake City and a sytem from northern Marion County that moved north.

“They both merged right over Gainesville. That (3.47 inches) happened in a short period of time,” Nelson said.

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