We can’t blame king tides, but the flooding that engulfed Miami Beach and Miami’s Mary Brickell Village area after seven inches of torrential rain fell on Tuesday, sadly, reveals we’re far from being ready to handle a deluge — from the sky or the sea.
The flooding was an eye-opener for both Ground Zero cities and their plans to keep water at bay under the threat of sea level rise and climate change. We appear far from ready. And that must change.
Worse hit was Miami Beach, where people splashed through standing water that rose to the knees and cars were submerged up to the wheel wells during the afternoon rush hour. Underground garages flooded, and waters swept into local businesses.
So what happened? Why didn’t Miami Beach’s highly touted $500 million anti-flooding pump program, often cited as a model of sea-level-rise preparedness, work?
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