The tide began rising before the sun even came up, and Miami Beach officials closed the southbound lanes of Indian Creek Drive between 40th and 29th streets. The roads will also be closed at peak
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said the city's plan to fight sea-level rise with new pumps will someday help alleviate these kinds of tidal floods.
"As part of our five-year, $400 million storm-water pump program, over the last two years, we have been implementing an aggressive plan to mitigate flooding in our city," Levine said in a statement about the flooding. "In the past year, we have added six additional permanent storm-water pump stations, 25 back-flow preventers, and elevated streets in the West Avenue and Sunset Harbour neighborhoods. We have worked closely with FDOT to install pumps on Alton Road. We are happy to report that these once-flooded areas have remained dry during these historic high tides.
"Unfortunately, there are areas of our city which have not been fortified yet or are state-owned roads (Collins Avenue, Indian Creek Drive, etc.). Please rest assured that these areas are a part of our overall plan, and we will not stop until our entire city is dry during these peak tidal periods."
Pictures of the flooding have, uh, flooded social media.