Water managers closely monitoring weather forecasts

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WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) — While potential impacts to South Florida are unclear, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is getting the regional flood control system ready for potential heavy rainfall associated with a tropical wave in the Atlantic, approaching the Bahamas.

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With the potential for several inches of rain forecast, water levels are being lowered from mid-Broward County, south through Miami-Dade County to maximize storage and discharges for storm water runoff to reduce flooding where possible.

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Water levels and flows are monitored around the clock by field staff and SFWMD’s Operations Control Room in West Palm Beach.

Pre-storm preparations by the District also include:

  • Inspecting key parts of the flood control system
  • Ensuring adequate fuel supplies for pump stations and other equipment
  • Readying staff and equipment for storm assignments
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The District is in a condition of increased readiness and is coordinating information with the state Emergency Operations Center as well as local drainage districts that connect to SFWMD canals.