Each fall, a higher than normal tide known as a "king tide" causes the sea level to rise in Miami Beach. Neighborhoods along the water face flooding during this period. This year, the king tide started sooner thanks to a September supermoon, according to WPTV in West Palm Beach. Residents have experienced several inches of water building up on their streets and driveways.
In an attempt to prevent serious flood damage, Miami Beach officials have been placing pumps throughout the area to send excess water out to Biscayne Bay during the soggy season, as reported by Joey Flechas and Jenny Staletovich of the Miami Herald. The plan was put in effect last year, and it should be completed in 2019. The costs for this five-year plan are estimated between $400 and $500 million. The pumps have helped keep some streets dry, but many neighborhoods are still dealing with soggy conditions, particularly neighborhoods along canals. The next seasonal high tide is expected from November 24 through 27.
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