King tide countdown: six South Florida spots likely to flood and when

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In “King tide countdown: six South Florida spots likely to flood and when,” Jenny Staletovich (Miami Herald) gives detailed information on areas in South Florida that have had increased flooding from year to year. Staletovich writes, “It’s October in South Florida and that means one thing this weekend: time for king tides and the annual affront by the sea.” She gives a detailed reports on the areas most likely to be flooded: Andrews Avenue Bridge, Fort Lauderdale; Hollywood Beach; Indian Creek Golf Club, Miami Beach; Dinner Key Marina, Coconut Grove; South Sound, Key Largo; and Key West.

She writes, “The seasonal high tides spill canals into Fort Lauderdale backyards, push Biscayne Bay into Cutler Bay and remind the world that Miami Beach was once a much skinnier sandbar. The National Weather Service’s Miami office issued a flood warning for much of the U.S. east coast starting Saturday morning. But predicting tides can be tricky, with timing tied to location and whether you’re inland or on the beach. So we picked six South Florida areas where historically flooding has been high.”

In In some places, like East Hollywood, residents like Robin Rorapaugh have to stack sandbags to keep their houses dry, “hoping to fend off water bubbling up from storm drains.” Rorapaugh, who has lived in her 1923 house since 2000, said she’s becoming “an expert on all kinds of plants that do well with saltwater,” as flooding has gotten progressively worse over the years.

For detailed information on tides in each region, see http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article108273657.html

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