Today Miami-Dade County circulated a news release about localized flooding that is expected to occur due to exceptionally high tides this fall. We saw flooding on October 16 due to seasonal high tides, and we may see more flooding this fall. These events show us some of the problems that our infrastructure faces as sea level rise looms on our horizon. How can we develop strategies to defend ourselves and our environment from flooding? Below is an excerpt from the County’s news release. Read a pdf of the release here:Miami-DadeTidePressRelease
“Typically, higher-than-average tides tend to occur in our region during the months of September, October and November and can be more extreme due to the factors mentioned above. Because the region’s storm water systems depend on gravity to drain excess water to the ocean, these high tides can flow back up into drainage systems along the coast and canals, flooding streets and adjacent areas. This occurred during a similar higher-than-average tide event on October 18th (See Photo Above). Therefore, residents are advised to use caution when traveling on any streets with standing water.
These annual extreme tide events illustrate the potential challenges of future sea level rise to low-lying coastal communities in South Florida and underscore the importance of developing appropriate strategies to address and reduce coastal flooding impacts. ”