Low-lying communities prepare for king tides this week

There are flooding concerns throughout the week, with several rounds of king tides expected. 

Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney was at Southlake Drive and the Intracoastal waterway Tuesday morning, an area that is prone to flooding, especially this time of the year, when king tides are common.

Sky 10 was above the same residential neighborhood, where water flooded a portion of the road in front of some homes.

There was no major flooding reported Tuesday, but the king tide situation is expected to intensify later in the week.

A city of Hollywood spokeswoman said officials are preparing for the event.

She said crews have installed flow pumps in the flood gates, along with tidal valves to counter the effects of rising tides. Essentially, water pressure forces the valves to close, so seawater doesn't back up the storm drain system, causing other areas to flood.

Concerns are also high in Fort Lauderdale.

The city experienced a high tide event Tuesday morning before dawn, but by the time the sun came up, the water had receded.

Some homeowners and business owners are concerned about possible flooding.

The city of Fort Lauderdale has also been busy with flood mitigation efforts by installing tidal valves and amending a seawall ordinance, in addition to warning residents.

Officials say low-lying communities are at risk, and king tides will peak Thursday and last throughout the weekend.

The event should pass by Oct. 11.

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