King tides flood South Florida businesses, roads

Thursday morning's king tides brought heavy flooding to parts of South Florida.

Residents in low-lying communities considered Wednesday to be a good king tide day, but Thursday was a different story.

Some officials Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston spoke to Thursday morning said they've never seen the tides this bad.

Water overflowed from a lake and nearby canals off Southeast Ninth Street in Fort Lauderdale, and front yards were submerged in water, giving new meaning to the term waterfront property. 

"This is the worst flooding I've seen since I've lived here," one resident, Tim Goff, said. 

Over in Dania Beach, picnic tables were pushed aside and one of the beach showers was carried out to sea.

Now, there isn't much of a beach left. 

"We've gone from having 25 to 30 yards of beach, to 15 yards of beach, to no beach, to losing 3 to 4 feet a day," Quarterdeck general manager Robert Skinner said. 

Livingston was told that the situation at the Dania Beach Pier got so bad at one point that the lifeguards could not open their stands and encouraged people to stay off the beach.

Meanwhile, driving on A1A was slow and go for the most part as people navigated their way through the water.

Businesses, like Joe's Market, are dealing with inches of intracoastal water on their floor.
Mike Zygnerski, with Broward County, said officials will assess the flooding Thursday to see where and how best to combat it.

"We want to see how bad it is, where it is, and if there's improvements that have been made, (see) if they've been working to see what should be done in the future," he said.  

Meanwhile, drone video over Miami Beach showed vehicles driving through flooded streets and the tide creeping into people's backyards.

Drivers in  Miami Lakes also took the risk of their cars stalling as they drove through water.

Many gas stations and parking lots were also under water.

In Doral, water got into many of the warehouse businesses along Northwest 64th Street.

"This has happened before, but this is the worst it's ever been," one employee said. 

Roxane Person told Local 10 News that she is concerned about Thursday night's forecast.

"If it rains tonight, we're not going to be able to get in here," she said. 

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