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King Tides Return To Fort Lauderdale Oct. 14-21, And Flooding Is Already Impacting The Area

Seasonal high tides are back, and Fort Lauderdale residents are being warned of potential flooding impacts between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

King tides occur when the Earth, moon and sun align. During these periods, areas with low-lying land are especially prone to flooding and the effects of sea level rise. 

King tides are also expected to occur again Nov. 12 to Nov. 18 and Dec. 12 to Dec. 16.

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On Thursday, Oct. 13, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler issued a statement that noted: "Although the King Tides were expected to start tomorrow, we are already seeing tides averaging more than 15 inches above the predicted level throughout our community."

The City of Fort Lauderdale is advising 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 another way to stay safe and minimize damage to your vehicle and surrounding property;
  • If you drive through flood water, rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle to remove the salt water;
  • Review flood safety tips at fortlauderdale.gov/kingtide;
  • Evaluate your property's readiness and use flood protection measures if needed;
  • Review your flood insurance policy;
  • If you experience flooding on your street, remove waste 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.

Take a look at the impact of the king tides so far around Fort Lauderdale:

(Photo courtesy City of Fort Lauderdale)