By Jerry Iannelli, Miami New Times, Oct. 5, 2017
Thanks to sea-level rise, Florida’s unique topography, and poor city planning, areas of Miami-Dade County look like a hurricane hit them today. But there’s not even a tropical storm in town. Instead, mere weeks after a real hurricane did damage major parts of South Florida, the Miami area is massively flooding thanks to a combination of some moderate storms hitting during king tides, when the sea is at its highest point all year.
Photos of Miami circulating online today are difficult to distinguish from the city during Hurricane Irma. And the high tides aren’t limited to just Miami Beach. On the mainland, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, who is pushing a $200 million sea-level-rise mitigation and resiliency plan, has been driving around town all day taking note of the flooding. He’s not pleased.