High Tides Cause Flooding in Miami Beach

Parts of South Florida woke up feeling slightly waterlogged, as waters from high tides left some streets in ankle-deep floods.

This could be a familiar scene again on Monday evening and into Tuesday morning, because a lunar cycle could bring that water back on shore.

The first wave of high tides forced Miami Beach residents to think on their feet. The coastal flooding was so high, canoes proved to be the best way to get around.

There were more than 10 inches of water in some areas. Monday morning, drivers and pedestrians using Indian Creek Drive between 40th and 29th Street were affected.

The courtyard of the Bellamar Hotel on 31st turned into a pond; the water was hazardous to the property.

High astronomical tides, due to the lunar cycle, are to blame. Couple that with higher than normal tidal levels this year. The good news is we can know when to expect high tides; the next one will be at 9:39 p.m.

Miami Beach is in the middle of a five-year, $400 million storm water pump program.

In the past year, the city added six new permanent pump stations, 25 backflow preventers and elevated streets near West Avenue and Sunset Harbour. Collins Avenue and Indian Creek Drive are next on the list.

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