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Fort Lauderdale Warned Of King Tides Expected To Impact The Area April 6 To April 8

Prepare for potential flooding this week.

King tides are expected to occur in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday, April 6, through Friday, April 8. These high tides, combined with the area's low-lying land, can exacerbate flooding risks.

The Fort Lauderdale area encompasses 300 miles of canal coastline with neighborhoods whose natural geography makes them susceptible to flooding during periods of high tides and extreme rainfall.

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King tides—which occur when the Earth, moon and sun align—are expected to occur again May 5 through May 8.

The City of Fort Lauderdale shared the following safety tips:

  • Do not walk through flood waters. It is dangerous and can be a health hazard.                                
  • Do not drive through flooded areas; turn around and find another way. In addition to being a threat to life safety, the salt water can lead to both short and long term damage to your vehicle.
  • If you drive through flooded areas, please note that creating waves can cause additional damage to surrounding landscaping and property.
  • Be careful around manhole covers, as they can become dislodged by the high tides.  
  • Boaters are advised that high tides cause lower clearance under fixed bridges. Check the tides before leaving the dock.

Residents can report flooding and clogged storm drains to the city's 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954.828.8000.

Here is a video of flooding in Fort Lauderdale during a period of king tides last fall:

(Image via Flickr/U.S. Geological Survey)