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King tide rolls through Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach

Sunday's high tide could bring water levels up to 4 feet higher than usual

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Higher water levels are expected in coastal areas of South Florida on Sunday as the king tide rolls through the area in conjunction with some rainy weather.

Residents of Miami Beach and parts of Fort Lauderdale saw plenty of street flooding over the weekend. 

Sunday night's high tide – which is coupled with a full moon – is expected to be the peak of the king tide.

Sunday's high tide could bring water levels up to 4 feet higher than usual.

In Fort Lauderdale, a sea wall  along Las Olas Boulevard was no match for the biannual king tide that brings salt water to the streets.

"It's like a river," Mike Roberts, a Fort Lauderdale resident, said. "I actually got in my kayak and kayaked all the way to Los Olas. The sidewalks, the streets, the buildings across from us where the canal is, it all looks like a river. It’s basically how bad it gets." 

Water poured into backyards of some homeowners, while water levels came up to docks in others.

"You basically can’t tell where the land ends or starts," Roberts said.

The rising tide also causing problems in Oakland Park where drivers felt the effects of the higher water.

King tides typically last about a week.


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