|Date:||October 07, 2017|
It's been a week since the record-breaking rainfall doused Darcy Otranto's neighborhood, and there is water still behind and in front of her home.
"The water on the road comes up to my driveway and there's water coming into my backyard," said Otranto, who lives on Shepard Drive. just west of the Rockledge city limits. "I'm grateful it isn't worse."
It is worse for others in the neighborhood, who Otranto said she's helping with gathering sandbags. One neighbor had to abandon her flooded Matthew Drive home, she said.
Federal officials have recognized how bad the rain was on Oct. 1. Brevard County announced Saturday the Federal Emergency Management Agency is including flood damages as part of the emergency declaration granted for the area for Hurricane Irma, which blew through Brevard on Sept. 10.
Most ofBrevard County received 5 inches of rain or more Oct. 1 during a storm conjured by a low-pressure system that moved through Florida. That set a record in Melbourne for the date at 5.23 inches, and some areas, such as Palm Bay and Indialantic, had 10 inches.
More rain was added to the problem throughout the week, including 1.19 inches Thursday recorded at Patrick Air Force Base.
There is a reprieve from the rain for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Onlytrace amounts of precipitation are in the forecast Sunday and Monday, though a thunderstorm is possible Monday.
A coastal flood advisory for Brevard wasannounced Friday but expired on Saturday, meterologists said.
Otranto has lived in her home since 2005, raised three boys there and now corrals three Chihuahuas. The family recalls some bad flooding on Shepard during Tropical Storm Fay in 2008. Otherwise, she's never seen flooding there comparable to last weekend's deluge.
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