Miami issues King Tide, Red Tide warnings
Written by Miami Today on October 5, 2018
The City of Miami has begun conducting water quality tests along Biscayne Bay, which it said was out of an abundance of caution due to the approach of Red Tide to beaches in Northern Miami-Dade County.
The city says it will continue monitoring the situation ahead of King Tide this weekend.
King Tides are expected to start Saturday, Oct. 6, and continue through Oct. 13, with peaks Oct. 9 and 10.
City officials recommend avoiding contact with floodwaters during this time.
The city’s Department of Resilience and Public Works says it continues to take proactive measures in preparation for the upcoming King Tide.
Some of the actions taken by the city in anticipation for the next King Tide window include:
- Purchased new temporary tidal dams, designed to prevent flooding over seawalls during extreme tides. Approximately 150 feet are to be installed along the seawall and perimeter of Little River Point Park in the Shorecrest neighborhood and 150 feet along the bridge at West Fairview Street in Fairview.
- Deploying temporary plugs to prevent backflow through the stormwater systems in city roads prone to inundation.
- Installed six permanent one-way tidal valves in the stormwater system in Shorecrest and Fairview.
- Deployed temporary pumps and put operations crews on standby to respond to flooding issues.
King Tide Safety and Tips issued by the city include:
- Floodwater may contain unseen hazards such as trash and pollutants picked up from the environment, pets, wildlife, broken glass and other debris. Do not enter floodwater and do not allow children to play in floodwater. If you or your children come into contact with floodwater, be sure to clean skin with soap and hot water.
- King Tide tidal flooding can be observed 1.5 to 2 hours before and after peak time.
- Driving through floodwater is not advisable. Do not drive through floodwater as it may be deeper than it appears, and unseen debris could cause flat tires.
- Do not park in low-lying areas. Vehicles that have come into contact with floodwater should be checked and cleaned.
- Boaters should be aware that King Tides can cause lower clearance levels than normal under fixed bridges.
- Properties in low-lying areas should use flood mitigation options such as sand bags.
- Report King Tide in your neighborhood using the 311 app.
- Remember to drain and cover items that may retain water.