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Fort Lauderdale's Last Wave Of King Tides For 2016 Expected To Take Place Dec. 12-16

The last round of king tides are expected to impact Fort Lauderdale from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16.

King tides occur when the Earth, moon and sun align. This fall, seasonal tides have impacted the Fort Lauderdale area with severe flooding. (Look back at these photos and video from October's king tides.)

In an advisory sent Dec. 11 from Mayor Jack Seiler, he wrote: "Right now, the tides appear to be lower than they were in October and November, so we expect less flooding to take place throughout our community."

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The City of Fort Lauderdale has nonetheless advised residents to take the following precautions:

  • If you come into contact with flood water, rinse off to minimize exposure to pollutants that could have been picked up by the moving water; 
  • Do not drive through flooded areas -- turn around and find an alternate safe route to minimize damage to your vehicle and surrounding property;
  • If you must drive through flood water, rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle to remove any salt water and minimize corrosive damage;
  • Review flood safety tips at www.fortlauderdale.gov/kingtide;
  • Evaluate your property's readiness and use flood protection measures if needed;
  • Review your flood insurance policy to understand your coverage;
  • If you experience flooding on your street, remove waste collection carts as quickly as possible after they are emptied or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out; and
  • Report flooding or clogged storm drains to the City's 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000 or via our Lauderserv mobile app

The City of Fort Lauderdale is preparing for king tides by installing new catch basins, clearing storm drains, removing standing water from streets, monitoring pump station operations, and deploying sand berms to reduce flooding, according to the advisory.

Temporary road closures may go into effect as a precautionary safety measure. For more information, visit fortlauderdale.gov/kingtide.

(Lead image of October flooding via Twitter/@kralasolas)