High tides Thursday morning gave South Beach an early dose of the flood hazard Miami Beach predicted, with salt water spewing up through sewer drains on Belle Isle, in Sunset Harbour and on the Alton Road-West Avenue corridor south of about 12th Street.
On Alton, the city blocked the right lane southbound because high water made it impassable. Cross streets between Alton Road and West Avenue and between Fifth and 12th streets were swamped as well.
On Purdy, water puddled up to the rims of cars across from Maurice Gibb Memorial Park.
Of course, Miami Beach says the worst flooding will take place Friday morning, peaking about 10 a.m. So be careful if you park on the street (you may get flooded overnight) and plan your driving route to avoid the backwash.
If your car gets soaked, you might want to head for the car wash. That salt water isn’t too good for it.
Again, here is the message from the city:
Very high tides this week will cause temporary accumulation of water in low lying areas during high tide. In some areas, high winds may cause water to overtop the seawall. Water will subside with the lowering of the tide. The highest tide is expected on Friday at approx 10:00 a.m. with the new moon.