FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – After being closed for days due to coastal flooding, a section of State Road A1A along Ft. Lauderdale Beach has re-opened to traffic.
The road was closed after a combination of seasonal tides, high wind, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy forced water up onto the street and into some businesses. Early Tuesday, it was re-opened but there is still standing water and sand on the road so drivers are urged to use caution.
On Monday, city crews built a sand barrier along the road to block any water in case there are unusually high tides on Tuesday.
A1A remains closed from Sunrise Boulevard north to NE 20th Street in a residential area where part of the sea wall washed away.
While some residents impacted by the flooding have come to accept it, others aren’t so pliant.
“It’s pretty tough on the boaters, there is no place for them to put their boats, there’s no place for them to park , it’s affect the economy a little bit,” said Chris Mott who pointed out that most docks in the area were under water during high tides.
It will take crews several days to clear the sand and water from the road once the seasonal tides recede. The next issue that will need to be addressed is beach erosion, a tremendous amount of sand has been washed away.