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SFWMD Readies Water Management System
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is closely monitoring Tropical Depression Nine and is preparing the regional water management system for potential heavy rainfall. The current forecast suggests heavy rains may start over the southern portion of the region on Monday, September 26.
South Florida has an interconnected water management system, and flood control in South Florida is a shared responsibility between the SFWMD, county and city governments, local drainage districts, HOAs, and residents. SFWMD is strongly encouraging all local governments and local drainage operators to proactively monitor the storm and prepare their systems.
Proactive Actions by SFWMD in Preparation of the Storm:
• Managing our canals to pre-storm levels to allow the flood control system to operate at full capacity if needed.
• Monitoring and actively adjusting flood protection gates and pumps in response to the forecast and rainfall.
• Pump station operators throughout South Florida are ready to ensure continued operations throughout the storm.
• If necessary, SFWMD will close navigational locks to ensure the safety of the boating public and prevent damage to the locks.
Read more about what to expect in your neighborhood when it rains and know who to call if you experience flooding from the storm. Type in your address and look up your local drainage operator at SFWMD.gov/FloodControl.
Be sure to follow your County’s Emergency Operations Center for the latest local emergency updates. SFWMD will continue to keep the public informed on any District emergency operations as the storm approaches South Florida.
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The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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