FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Seasonal high tides, combined with a full moon and high winds over the last few day, have taken a toll on Ft. Lauderdale’s beach.
“This is one of the worst hit areas along with John U. Lloyd Beach and Hallandale Beach,” said Broward Natural Resource administrator Nicole Sharp. She helps monitor beach erosion in Broward County.
“Fronts are typical in the winter. Nothing to be alarmed about,” said Sharp.
But it did alarm some people. On Tuesday, waves washed over a temporary construction barrier on A1A just north of Sunrise Boulevard onto the roadway. It was the same stretch of road which began to crack and crumble in 2012 due to seasonal high tides and the pounding surf caused by the passing of Hurricane Sandy. The seawall in the area was completely destroyed.
“The water was up to here (point to her ankle),” said Debora Rojas as she stood on the sidewalk across from the beach. “Obviously people couldn’t walk, they had to take their shoes off.”
Ross said she was a little alarmed when the ocean came up over the beach and onto A1A.
“I saw the water coming through, between those walls and I’m like “Oh my God, this is not getting any better. And then after that I saw the water like crazy, all over, that was real bad,” said Rojas.
The street flooding kept some visitors away from the shops on A1A. something the owners were too happy about.
“I have to admit it was a little daunting, a lot of people were scared, but now it’s okay, today (Wednesday) is okay, people are coming back,” said Ayub Selexjw.
Nicole Parks, Beach Program Manager with Broward County, said erosion on area beaches, especially in the central region, is common for this time of year.
Other beaches which may experience erosion include Dania Beach and central Hollywood beach. Parks said it can sometimes go in waves where it will be a higher erosion level for a day or two and then go back to normal.
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