It’s that time of year – King Tides are here! King Tides, which are also known as Sunny Day Flooding, impact Miami throughout the September, October and Novembers months. This past month, the impact of King Tides was less than anticipated, however there were higher tides due to strong winds pushing water towards the coastline.
Prior to King Tide Season, a successful informational campaign was established via personal visits to vulnerable areas, social media, flyers and news interviews to raise awareness about the effects of these high waters and the different actions the City would be taking to keep residents safe.
With the use of drone surveys and on-the-ground field investigators, flooding hotspots and target areas were investigated thoroughly which gave great insight on neighborhoods that will have permanent one-way tidal valves installed in the stormwater system.
Next month, the City has new initiatives for the next King Tide Window which begins on October 6. Such initiatives include:
Pilot Test of water gate dams
Temporary plugs to prevent backflow in neighborhoods
On August 21st, the City of Miami donated 51 new window air conditioning units to the residents in Liberty Square, an initiative championed by Mayor Francis Suarez and City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. Their primary concerns focused on the residents in Liberty City. Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) selected the homes that would receive the units, prioritizing the elderly, infirm, and families with special needs.
The Miami Cool program sets to have additional units placed throughout the city, targeting areas such as Edison Court, Edison Plaza, Gwen Cherry, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Little Haiti. New window air conditioning units have already been ordered and are set to be installed in the upcoming six months. All installations will be volunteer-based, led by The Mission Continues organization.
In the last three months, the City of Miami has had over 50 individuals go through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. This program provides education on disaster preparedness. Participants learn basic response skills such as light search and rescue, fire safety, team organization and disaster medical operations.
With such high success of the program, the City plans on offering more training in the future.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Little Haiti Soccer Park Ribbon Cutting (10/10/18) Brickell Pump Station and Brickell Beautification Project Ribbon Cutting (10/12/18) Homeless Stand Down at Jose Marti Park (10/18/18)
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