FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Fort Lauderdale city officials are warning residents to prepare for unusually high seasonal tides called “King Tides.”
This yearly phenomenon strikes between September and December and primarily impacts low-lying areas of the community prone to flooding and effects of sea level rise.
As the city prepares for the King Tides, they are encouraging others to do the same.
Those who live close to the water or in low-lying areas should take the following precautions:
- Check out flood safety tips here.
- Make sure your property is ready to take the impact of the King Tides such as flooding and heavy rain.
- Read over your flood insurance policy.
- Those who experience flooding should remove waste carts as fast as you can after they are emptied. If not, wait until the next scheduled pick up to put them out.
- Make sure to report flooding or clogged storm drains to the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center by calling (954) 828-8000 or via the Lauderserv mobile app
King Tides are expected to occur September 16-21; October 14-21; November 12-18; and December 12-16th.
Meantime, the city says they are working to implement more aggressive measures to combat high tides, sea level rise, and climate change. They are doing this by installing more than 100 tidal valves in affected neighborhoods and enhancing the drainage infrastructure, among other things.