Aug. 29, 2019

SFWMD Preparing Regional Flood Protection System for Hurricane Dorian
 District lowering canals, coordinating with local drainage districts to ensure flood protection for 8.7 million residents as storm approaches

Click on the image to visit the National Hurricane Center's website and get the latest forecast information on Hurricane Dorian.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Dorian may impact South Florida as a Category 3 storm as early as this weekend, and t he South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)'s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at the Enhanced Monitoring level. Today, the SFWMD is continuing to collaborate with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, local drainage districts, municipalities, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

SFWMD Executive Director Drew Bartlett will hold a Facebook Live event at 3:45 p.m. to provide an update on how SFWMD is preparing for Hurricane Dorian. Join the Facebook Live HERE at 3:45 p.m.

The District is also continuing to prepare the regional flood protection system and will fully activate its Emergency Operations Center as conditions warrant. The District's preparations aim to protect communities from flooding and address potential heavy rainfall from the storm.

SFWMD Meteorologists are predicting local maximum rainfall as high as 8-12 inches in parts of South Florida over the Labor Day weekend with the heaviest rain forecasted on Monday.  SFWMD will continue to keep the public updated on its emergency operations and flood control efforts as Hurricane Dorian approaches.

How SFWMD is Preparing for Hurricane Dorian

SFWMD is continuing to draw down canals throughout its regional flood
Click on the image to see a larger version of the infographic explaining drainage and flood protection is South Florida.
protection system to ensure capacity to take storm water from local drainage districts and municipalities to prevent flooding. The District is also collaborating with local drainage districts and municipalities throughout the week to coordinate flood control efforts as Hurricane Dorian approaches.

Throughout the year, SFWMD continually works to stay ready for emergency situations such as hurricanes by maintaining pumps and other infrastructure, keeping canal rights of way clear of debris and vegetation that can block the flow of storm water and conducting the annual Hurricane Freddy exercise every spring to test the response readiness of SFWMD staff. 

Flood control in South Florida is a shared responsibility between the District, which operates the regional flood control system, and local drainage districts, municipalities and homeowners associations that operate the primary and secondary drainage systems that move flood waters away from homes and neighborhoods. Residents throughout South Florida can find what local agency to contact about flooding concerns based on their address by visiting the District's Flood Control website at

Media Contact: 
Jason Schultz  |      |  Office: 561-682-2508  |  Cell: 772-214-7445
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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