Mix of heavy rain, king tides floods parts of Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Rainfall mixed with seasonal king tides led to flooding in portions of Fort Lauderdale Monday.

Local 10 News was in the Las Olas Isles neighborhood, where floodwaters covered portions of Las Olas Boulevard amid heavy rains.

Floodwaters also inundated side streets in the area and water also encroached from nearby seawalls as king tides hit.

The city’s Edgewood neighborhood, hard-hit by floods earlier this year, also took on water.

The city is working on a $50 million stormwater improvement project there, but for some neighbors, it’s not happening fast enough.

“Every time it rains, we get a little bit nervous, but this one was definitely bad,” resident James Hilerio said. “We were counting the hours before it came into the house again.”

Hilerio was just one of the residents impacted by the spring floods.

Nancy Gassman, Fort Lauderdale’s assistant public works director, says the project has been a long time coming — designing, planning, and permitting. The street work began last year, installing new lines and pumps. But it’s not finished yet.

“Once the system’s up and running, a typical daily rainfall event should not be a problem for this neighborhood,” she said.

Gassman said officials prioritized work in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

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