JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just a few hours after a grand opening event for the new San Marco Publix, heavy rain and wind blew through Jacksonville Thursday afternoon -- creating standing water in the parking garage below the store.
Aliera Peterson (@Aliera on Twitter), shared the video above with News4JAX after she spotted the water while leaving the Publix parking lot around 1:30 p.m.
“Went to check out the new San Marco Publix and the brand new garage and parking lot are under water after five minutes of rain,” Peterson said.
News4JAX reporter Scott Johnson also spotted the standing water. He said it receded after only a few minutes.
The San Marco area is prone to flooding, as locals know too well, so some shoppers said they are shocked that a better design wasn’t put in place to stop this from happening.
The new store, located at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue near San Marco Square, is in Evacuation Zone B -- a flood hazard area.
Click here to read more about the new Publix location in San Marco.