WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is prepared for potentially heavy rain forecast from a tropical front stalled over the southern portion of the state.
The storm front is forecast to bring heavy rains to South Florida today and through the weekend as it moves northward. SFWMD meteorologists are forecasting averages of 1-2 inches of rain with some localized rainfall maximums as high as 7 inches.
Actions taken by SFWMD include:
• Lowering canals based on forecasts.
• Staffing pump stations and control rooms to manage water and ensure continued operations.
• Coordinating response with local governments and drainage districts.
• Monitoring and adjusting flood protection gates and pumps in response to the forecast and rainfall.
• Preparing to use projects and infrastructure to store excess stormwater.
In advance of storm conditions, residents should:
• Secure all loose outdoor items that may blow away and could clog storm drains and swales;
• Follow guidance from their county EOC; and,
• Know whom to call to report flooding.
Flood control throughout South Florida relies on a primary system that the district operates and secondary and tertiary systems operated by local governments and drainage districts. The district’s system is ready for forecast rainfall, and SFWMD has strongly encouraged all local governments and local drainage operators to also monitor the storm and ensure their systems are ready.
Residents throughout South Florida can find which local agency to contact about flooding concerns by visiting SFWMD.gov/FloodControl. Remember that standing water and rising levels in lakes and ponds is normal during and after a storm.
Continue to check SFWMD.gov, as well as SFWMD’s Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on operations by the district.