Last Round Of King Tides In 2015 Expected To Impact Fort Lauderdale From Nov. 24 To Nov. 27
While Fort Lauderdale residents start prepping their turkeys for their Thanksgiving feasts, they should be mindful of another big event this week: king tides.
The final wave of king tides this year is expected to take place now through Nov. 27.
King tides occur when the Earth, moon and sun align. During these periods, areas with low-lying land can experience flooding that results from both high tides and extreme rainfall.
Based on the flooding that has occurred in recent months, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has encouraged residents to take precautions.
In a statement, Mayor Seiler listed 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, it 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 homes or businesses.
- 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 should report flooding and clogged storm drains to the City of Fort Lauderdale's 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954.828.800.
Here is a video of the flooding that occurred in Fort Lauderdale during another king tides event on Oct. 1.
(Image via Flickr/U.S. Geological Survey)