SFWMD Prepared for Weekend Rainfall, Working With Local Drainage Districts to Prevent Flooding
June 15, 2017
West Palm Beach, FL – Summer storms and the outer edges of a tropical disturbance in the northwest Caribbean are forecast to bring as much as 2-8 inches of rain across South Florida over the next five days. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has already prepared its flood control system to handle additional water from local governments, drainage districts and homeowner associations.
SFWMD water managers monitor regional canals and rainfall 24 hours a day and operate water control structures and pump stations in response to conditions to provide flood protection.
"Local governments, drainage districts and homeowners associations are directly responsible for moving water away from homes and neighborhoods and into SFWMD canals," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "The District is working with these local organizations to make them aware of the situation so they can prepare accordingly."
Afternoon thunderstorms are forecast for today, Friday and Saturday followed by as much as 2-4 inches of rain on Sunday and Monday. Areas of the Keys and Southwest Florida are expected to receive the most rain. These storms come on the heels of a week drenched by heavy rains that dropped as much as 14 inches of across the region, with the heaviest in Collier and Broward counties.