Tall garden phlox - can I cut it down now to start over?

Lima, OH(Zone 5b)

With our days and days of flooding rain, my garden phlox has lost over half its lower leaves and is covered in white powdery mildew. There are no buds yet and I was wondering, if I cut it down would it regrow (I assume it would grow short) and still have time to bloom?

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I'd give it a try. There's a good chance it will bloom.

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