Sea water soaks So. Fla. streets yet again
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- High tides have caused flood waters to fill the streets of several beach communities Friday night, less than 24 hours after residents and commuters were forced to navigate through excess salt water in the same affected areas.
Although the water along Alton Road and 10th Street had receded, earlier in the day, drivers and pedestrians were once again being forced to deal with flooded streets.
Swedish tourist Bojana Vujosevic said the salt water altered her plans for a night out. "I was in the spa before, so I'm clean," she said. "Now I'm dirty from this water ... it smells not so good."
This is the third night Alton Road and West Avenue on South Beach have been inundated with water. Friday's full moon might result in the highest flooding in the area, to date this year, meteorologists said.
Every year, around this time, the moon is closest to the earth, which increases gravitational force, resulting in higher tides than usual. Water from the ocean and the bay flow inland through drainage pipes and onto the streets.
One man trying to get to work found himself on an ill-suited form of transportation. "I think I'm trading my bike in today, and I'm bringing a kayak to work, that's for sure," said Sean Centifanti.
"It's crazy, look at me," said a woman wearing flip flops as she showed her wet black skirt.
A Lincoln Road bouncer said he was caught off guard by the flooding. "I don't want to be standing in wet shoes," he said.
Sandbags at the entrance of the Walgreens on Alton Road and 10th Street have remained in place for the past several days.
The docks at Haulover Marina, the 600 block of Cordova Road in Fort Lauderdale, and low-lying streets in Hollywood were also flooded.
A newlywed from Mexico spending her on honeymoon on Miami Beach said she cannot feel aggravated by the rising tide. "It's good luck; I heard it was good luck," said the bride.
Another couple refused to let the excess sea water hold them back. The man lifted up his girlfriend and carried her through the flooded sidewalk.
The times of high tide for Friday night varied from neighborhood to neighborhood:
-Haulover Beach at 8:33 p.m.
-Miami Beach at 8:35 p.m.
-Fort Lauderdale at 8:53 p.m.
-Virginia Key at 9:18 p.m.
-Key Biscayne at 9:43 p.m.
-Hollywood Beach at 9:36 p.m.
-Golden Beach at 10:12 p.m.
Those who drove through the water are advised to rinse off their cars, as the sea water can corrode parts of vehicles. "If they're running through these brackish waters, they should try and hose it down with fresh water," said mechanic George Diaz, who works at Shorty & Fred's Auto Repair and has seen the damage up close this week. "Not the engine itself [because] they can damage something else."
More flooding is expected throughout the weekend.
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