As Houston continues to deal with massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey, residents in South Florida wonder if Irma will bring the same disaster to them.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) says South Florida canals are in "good shape" as Irma makes its slow approach to a possible U.S. landfall.
However, containment areas in the Everglades just west of Miami-Dade and Broward are a concern as they are already at maximum capacity due to regular summer rains.
The SFWMD's Randy Smith says pumps out of those containment areas have been working 24/7 even before the threat of Irma because of flooding concerns that have existed for months.
Heavy summer rains in Lake Okeechobee are flushed out to the containment areas around the state, including three major ones in South Florida.
Smith said the SFWMD will be encouraging water managers to lower the water levels in canals as Irma comes closer to the U.S.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.