Be ready for severe weather and localized flooding
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs through November 30, bringing with it the potential for severe weather and localized flooding. In South Florida, flood control is a shared responsibility and is achieved through an interconnected, three-tiered drainage system. This three-tiered system is made up of tertiary or n
eighborhood drainage systems operated by property owners or residential associations, secondary drainage systems
operated by local drainage districts, county or municipalities, and the primary system
operated by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). These three systems work together to provide effective flood control.
Water managers in charge of primary and secondary systems are continually monitoring the weather and canal levels in order to proactively respond to changes in canal elevations. In anticipation of a storm or heavy rainfall event, water managers
will make operational adjustments to maintain appropriate water elevations for flood control. Additionally throughout the year, routine canal maintenance is conducted to provide unobstructed flow of water and clear access to canal rights-of- way.
Local communities and neighborhoods have a similar role. They must maintain the community's drainage infrastructure to ensure that inlets, pipes
and control structures are free of potential blockages thus maintaining the flow of stormwater within their community. Inspection of drainage infrastructure and repairs should be completed before the start of storm season.
More information on the three-tiered system can be found at www.lwdd.net.