Clearwater Beach, Florida - Relentless rain and wicked waves pound Clearwater Beach Sunday as Tropical Storm Debbie moved further north into the Gulf of Mexico.
"As you can see everything is flooded here and we have millions of dollars in damage," said longtime Clearwater resident Allen Weatherilt, who has lived on North Beach since the 1950's. He says this is the worst flooding he's seen since the city put in a new pump station to handle storm water.
"This is comparable to the 'No Name' storm. Ever since they started fixing the problem up here and we haven't had this kind of flooding."
But Allen says that pump station suddenly failed Sunday morning, sending waves of water into his home.
"I called them at 10:00 this morning, and said 'It's not working!' So all this water is up here, mostly because nobody came out and checked on the pump."
Up and down the beach, Clearwater Police closed down flooded streets to prevent cars from stalling. Meanwhile, behind the beautiful Sand Pearl Resort, visitors didn't seem to mind the lack of sunshine.
"It's actually pretty wild. I didn't think we'd have such a hurricane coming in or tropical storm," said Jason Oberkfell visiting from St. Louis.
"We've never seen waves like this and the high water," said tourist Dianna Chipps who says Tropical Storm Debby has been the highlight of her trip.
"We came here to be outside, so we're outside."
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