WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is prepared for potentially heavy rain from Tropical Storm Eta as it is expected to approach South Florida this weekend. Residents and communities are urged to prepare for the expected increased rainfall in advance of Tropical Storm Eta reaching South Florida.
Actions taken by SFWMD to reduce potential flooding:
• Lowering SFWMD canals based on forecasts;
• Staffing pump stations and control rooms to manage water;
• Coordinating response with local governments and drainage districts;
• Monitoring and adjusting flood protection gates and pumps in response to the forecast and rainfall; and
• Preparing to use projects and infrastructure to store excess stormwater.
In advance of Tropical Storm Eta, residents should:
• Secure all loose outdoor items that may blow away and could clog storm drains and swales.
• Follow guidance from their county EOC.
• Know who to call to report flooding.
Flood control throughout South Florida relies on a primary system that SFWMD operates and secondary and tertiary systems operated by local governments and drainage districts. SFWMD’s system is ready for forecasted rainfall, and SFWMD strongly encourages 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. Standing water and rising levels in lakes and ponds are 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.