Aug. 21 2017

SFWMD Prepared for Heavy Rainfall  from Tropical Disturbance
District lowering canal levels and taking action to protect residents and wildlife from flooding

Click on image to view a video of SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik talking about the District's preparation for tropical disturbance.

West Palm Beach, FL- The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is continuing operational measures that began over the weekend to provide maximum flood protection for South Florida's 8.1 million residents as rains from tropical disturbance 92L are expected to fall throughout the region over the coming days.
"Our system has been prepped ahead of time and is ready to accept the incoming rainfall stemming from this latest tropical disturbance," said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. "We urge all residents to make sure their own properties are free of obstructions that would block water from exiting through local drains and swales."
Approximately 1-3 inches of rain is forecast to fall on areas of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday as much as 4 inches of rain has been forecast in some areas of the Lower East Coast.

SFWMD opened tidal structures and lowered canals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties over the weekend and is doing the same in Palm Beach County today.

Discharges to tide and to the South Dade Conveyance System are at maximum allowable levels given downstream conditions from the Water Conservation Areas, where heavy June and July rainfalls have created a high water emergency.
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |    |  Office: 561-682-2800  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
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 protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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