Final king tide of year expected in Fort Lauderdale

Flooding expected to be less than prior tides

By Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor

Store owners place sandbags in front of doorways to prevent king tide waters from coming into businesses.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The final king tide of the year is expected to take place in Fort Lauderdale between Monday and Friday, Mayor Jack Seiler said in an e-mailed statement. 

The city has been impacted by floods caused by king tides throughout the year. However, less flooding is expected to take place with the final king tide of the year. 

Fort Lauderdale has combated the higher water levels by installing more than 115 tidal valves, adding capital improvement projects directed at king tide related issues and adopting a new sea wall ordinance.

In addition, the city has new catch basins, has cleared storm drains and worked to remove standing water. 

Seiler said people who live close to the water or travel through low-lying areas in Fort Lauderdale should take precautions such as avoiding flooded areas when possible.

The city also suggests that people rinse off if they come into contact with floodwaters, in order to minimize exposure to pollutants that may be picked up by moving water. 

Flooding and clogged storm drains can be reported via the city's 24-hour neighbor service center at 954-828-8000. 

 

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