As a result of North Miami’s geographic location, the City is considered a coastal community and therefore vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea level rise. King Tides occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun combine to produce the greatest tidal effects of the year. King Tides bring unusually high water levels, and they can cause local tidal flooding. Over time, sea level rise is raising the height of tidal systems.
What Happens with King Tides
Average daily water levels are rising along with the oceans. As a result, high tides are reaching higher and extending further inland than in the past. King Tides preview how sea level rise will affect coastal communities. As time goes by, the water level reached now during a King Tide will be the water level reached at high tide on an average day. King Tides are a normal occurrence once or twice every year in coastal areas such as North Miami. In the United States, they are predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
King Tide Preparation
- Avoid contact with flood water. If you come into contact with flood water, be sure to rinse off with soap and water.
- Avoid driving through flood areas.
- Avoid parking in low lying areas.
- Be aware of road closures and evacuation routes.
- Use flood panels or sand bags to protect your property against flooding in low lying areas.
- Check tide levels if you own a boat.
- Rinse off landscaping if it comes into contact flood water.
- Report standing water to the North Miami Public Works Department.
North Miami King Tides Expected
- NE 124th Street in Keystone
- NE 125th Street, near NE 15th Avenue
- NE 135th Street, East of Biscayne Boulevard
If you encounter flooding in North Miami, please report it through the myNoMi app or contact the Public Works Department at 305-895-9878. For more information about how to prepare for King Tides visit:
Required Disclosure in Contracts for Sale of Real Estate
As per Section 8.5-45 of the city of North Miami Code of Ordinances, in any contract or any rider to the contract for the sale of improved real estate located within a Special Flood Hazard Area in the City, the seller shall include the following disclosure in not less than ten-point bold-faced type:
This home or structure is located in a special flood hazard area. If this home or structure is below the applicable flood elevation level and is substantially damaged or substantially improved, as defined in chapter 8.5 of the North Miami Code of Ordinances, it may, among other things, be required to be raised to the applicable flood elevation level.
Upon request, a representative from the North Miami Public Works Department will visit your property to review flooding problems and to explain possible ways to alleviate and prevent flood damage. Also, if you have experienced flooding, drainage, sewer backup problems, or have seen illegal dumping of debris into City canals, lakes, or storm drains, please contact the Public Works Department at 305-895-9878.