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Posted on: September 9, 2021

Be Prepared for King Tides Thru December

Unusually high tides known as “King Tides” occur each year between September and December. These tides can cause flooding in low-lying areas. The City of Oakland Park is taking steps to address King Tides, and we encourage our community to do the same. This year, King Tides are expected to occur:

  • September 9-11
  • October 5-11
  • October 20-21
  • November 3-9
  • December 2-7

What Oakland Park is Doing to Prepare

Oakland Park uses stormwater funds to invest in long-term strategies to adapt to seasonal King Tides and sea-level rise. Over the past decade, the City has continued to improve its stormwater infrastructure to reduce the impact of tidal flooding in and around our community. 

The City recently conducted a Stormwater Vulnerability Assessment to identify areas susceptible to flooding. That information will be used to update the comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan and identify projects to make Oakland Park a stronger and more resilient community. 

Oakland Park is also taking steps to minimize flooding in the short term. City staff completed the semi-annual inspection of all stormwater inlets and manholes and cleaned those in need of maintenance. Staff also completed annual maintenance of the stormwater pump stations and tested emergency generators to ensure they are operating smoothly. 

What Residents and Businesses Can Do to Prepare

Residents who live in low-lying areas or along canals and waterways that are affected by sea levels should take the following precautions during King Tide season:

  • Evaluate your property's readiness and prepare flood protection measures, if needed, such as sandbags to use at door thresholds and garage doors.
  • Review your flood insurance policy to understand your coverage. 

During a King Tide event:

  • 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 tidal floodwater, rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle to remove any saltwater and minimize corrosive damage.
  • If you experience flooding on your street, make sure storm drains are not blocked and remove waste collection carts as quickly as possible after they are emptied or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out.
  • If you encounter flood water, rinse off to remove the saltwater and minimize exposure to pollutants in the ponded water.

If you experience unusual flooding or impassable roads during a tidal event, please call our 24-Hour Customer Service number at 954-561-6275. 

 

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