“The highest predicted tides will take place over the weekend and could easily exceed 2 feet – resulting in street flooding,” the City wrote in an email to residents.
In preparation for the King Tides, the City has been cleaning the stormwater system and conducting inspections to reduce flooding. Fourteen temporary pumps and generators have also been installed to mitigate flooding in low-lying neighborhoods.
Areas of particular concern:
- Indian Creek Drive from 29th to 41st Streets
- West Avenue and 8th Street
- 1st Street and Alton Road
- South Pointe Drive and Washington Avenue
- 44th Street and Post Avenue (Muss Park) areas
- North Bay Road from 43rd to 63rd Streets
- Bonita Drive
- Marseille Drive and Rue Notre Dame
- Crespi Boulevard and 79th Terrace
The City encourages property owners in low-lying or flood prone areas to use flood panels and other flood protections methods to protect their property.
“While we have made significant progress and installed pumps throughout various areas of the city, we have only completed projects in some neighborhoods, and most of the city has not had permanent pumps installed or roads raised,” according to the City’s email. “Our temporary efforts will help in these areas that have not had work done, but you should still expect the possibility of flooding – especially if it rains on top of it.”
A reminder: Avoid coming in contact or driving through flood waters. In addition to hazards below the surface that you can’t see, the City warns “Six inches of fast flowing water can also knock you off your feet and less than a meter of water can float a car.”