Based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tide predictions, above average seasonal high tides are expected Sunday, November 24th through Thursday, November 28th. These season tides, also known as King Tides, generally occur in the fall when the alignment of the sun, moon and earth generate higher than normal tides. Local weather conditions causing onshore winds, rising sea levels and inclement weather including extreme precipitation can combine to exacerbate flooding risks.
King Tides can raise the water level by more than 3 feet during high tide and can cause low-lying coastal areas, roads, parking lots and docks to flood. There is potential for street-level flooding in parts of east Hollywood including Hollywood Beach and the Hollywood Lakes neighborhood during this next King Tide event.
The Hollywood Police Department patrol units are conducting regular flooding assessments throughout east Hollywood and the barrier island and reporting them to Hollywood Emergency Management. If necessary, The Department of Public Works will place barricades on flodded streets to notify motorists to avoid the area. The Department of Public Utilities has deployed all of the City’s auxiliary pumps to vulnerable locations, as well as an additional Florida Department of Transportation pump at Oregon Street and A1A. They also have four crews working around the clock to monitor the situation.
Pedestrians are advised to avoid walking through flood waters and motorists are urged to seek an alternate route, follow all posted road closures and detour signs, and avoid driving through flooded areas. Residents are advised to take time to review important safety tips, evaluate your property’s readiness, review your flood insurance policy and know your Flood Zone.