SFWMD readies water management system

Posted 8/28/23

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm...

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SFWMD readies water management system


The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Idalia and is preparing the regional water management system for potential heavy rainfall.

Much of Central and South Florida has an interconnected water management system, and flood control is often a shared responsibility between various agencies and communities including the SFWMD. SFWMD is strongly encouraging all local governments and local drainage operators like homeowner associations (HOAs) to prepare their stormwater systems.

Proactive Actions by SFWMD:
• Managing our canals to pre-storm levels to allow the flood control system to operate at full capacity.
• Inspecting canal banks, structures, and other water management infrastructure.

• Actively utilizing flood protection gates and pumps in response to the forecast and rainfall.
• Preparing to deploy staff throughout the region for rapid response.
• Engaging local governments, drainage operators, and communities to prepare their stormwater systems by clearing drains, testing pumps, and ensuring they are ready for increased rainfall.

Three Things You Can Do:
• Remove and secure any potential debris around your property. Loose debris can damage structures and clog storm drains.

• Know what to expect in your neighborhood when it rains and who to call if you experience flooding. Type in your address and look up your local drainage operator at SFWMD.gov/FloodControl.
• Closely follow your county’s Emergency Operations Center announcements for the latest updates.

SFWMD will continue to keep the public informed of our operations as the storm approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast. SFWMD may close navigational locks and recreational areas in advance of the storm. Get the latest updates from the SFWMD Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter.

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