MIRAMAR, Fla. – Nearly a week after Tropical Storm Eta soaked South Florida, many communities are still dealing with flooding issues, News 6 partner Local 10 reported.
And with coastal cities spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to mitigate sea-level rise and flooding, many in western neighborhoods are wondering what upgrades will help them.
In the Country Club Ranches community in Miramar, neighbors desperately pump water out of their flooded yards, into already overflowing canals.
“We’ve been stuck back there since, what, Sunday, Monday morning? Today was the first day I was able to get out,” resident Rafael Peralta said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” fellow resident Yanays Larosa said. “My home got flooded with water, poop — it’s just horrible.”
Flood control systems largely performed as they were supposed to, but with more than 18 inches of rain, the system is still struggling to keep up and drain water out. Late last month, the South Florida Water Management District wrote to lawmakers requesting funding for a re-evaluation of the 72-year-old system, which “has not been evaluated for increasing risks to flood protection associated with 21st century conditions.”
Surveying the flooding, Miramar Vice Mayor Maxwell Chambers says many here still need drinking water.