Each year, Fort Lauderdale experiences seasonal high tides called king tides. These tides primarily impact low-lying areas of our community that are prone to flooding and the effects of sea level rise.
King tides are expected Monday, October 24 - Sunday, October 30. Be aware of possible flooding during the following upcoming predicted high tide times:
- 10/24 8:15 PM
- 10/25 8:49 AM & 8:54 PM
- 10/26 9:30 AM & 9:34 PM
- 10/27 10:14 AM & 10:17 PM
- 10/28 11:02 AM & 11:05 PM
- 10/29 11:55 AM
- 10/30 12:00 AM & 12:52 PM
See information below about what the City is doing and how neighbors can prepare. For additional information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/kingtides.
What the City is Doing to Prepare
Rising seas threaten roads, infrastructure, and homes in flood-vulnerable areas. The City Commission is committed to rebuilding our infrastructure and ensuring it can handle our growing population as well as global changes in climate. We're investing in our stormwater system to reduce flooding and provide protection from rising sea level.
To date, we have installed over 185 tidal valves that reduce tidal flooding across the City. We've elevated the public seawall along Cordova Road, are in the midst of a seawall improvement project along Hendricks Isle, and are looking ahead to additional similar projects along the south side of Las Olas Boulevard and along SE 10 Street. Elevating public seawalls is just one step in making our community more resilient to sea level rise and tidal flooding. The City is also inspecting flooding potentially caused by private seawalls and requiring property owners to elevate their seawalls to meet City code standards. The City is currently revising its seawall ordinance to adopt regionally-consistent top elevations standards set by Broward County. Community resilience requires a public/private partnership. Together, investments by the City and our residents can help reduce threats to life safety and protect property from tidal inundation.
How Neighbors Can Prepare
Neighbors who live near the water or in low-lying areas should take the following precautions:
- Evaluate your property's readiness and prepare flood protection measures, if needed, such as sandbags to use at door thresholds.
Review your flood insurance policy to understand your coverage. Additional information on flood insurance, flood insurance rate maps, floodplain management regulations, and ideas to protect your property from flood damage can be found on the City website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/flood.
Review flood safety tips at www.fortlauderdale.gov/kingtides.
During a king tide event:
- Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn around and find an alternate safe route to minimize damage to your vehicle and surrounding property.
- If you must drive through tidal flood water, rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle to remove any salt water and minimize corrosive damage.
- If you experience flooding on your street, make sure storm drains are not blocked and remove waste collection carts as quickly as possible after they are emptied or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out.
- If you live on a street where the City has installed a tidal valve, ponding may occur if it rains during high tide. Be assured that your tidal valve is working and the ponding will subside as the tide goes out and allows the valve to open and release the rainwater.
- If you encounter flood water, rinse off to remove the saltwater and minimize exposure to pollutants in the ponded water.
If you experience unusual flooding or impassable roads during a tidal event, please make your first phone call to report concerns to the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000 or via our Lauderserv mobile app.