Coastal flooding getting worse with sea-level rise

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel

By Ken Kaye

Published October 21, 2013


A conspiracy of the moon, high tides and the steady rise of the oceans left up to a foot of sea water in some sections of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach Thursday.


These atmospheric factors join forces three to five times every year to heap ocean water at the shoreline, leaving streets and low-lying coastal areas throughout South Florida flooded.

Because the Atlantic Ocean has risen about 9 inches in the past 80 to 100 years, the problem continues to deepen, said Jennifer Jurado, director of Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division.

"For many community members, who live in low-lying areas, the flooding has significantly increased in the last several years, compared to what they were experiencing two decades ago," she said.

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More flooding is expected over the next three days, particularly at high tide which will occur at 9:24 a.m. and 9:36 p.m. today, 10:07 a.m. and 10:17 p.m. on Saturday and at 10:49 a.m. and 10:57 p.m. on Sunday. During those times, sea levels will rise about 1 foot above normal, said meteorologist Dave Ross of the National Weather Service in Miami.