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    Default Neighborhoods prone to street flooding?

    So I came across an article on NPR titled (Hurricane Season Expected To Be Worse Than Usual) and I got to wondering, amongst many things, about street flooding. I imagine streets submerged in water would heavily hinder people from getting around.

    Any thoughts on which neighborhoods/areas are less prone to street flooding than others?

    Cheers :-)
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    The most prone seem to be South Beach and the greater Sweetwater/Westchester area.

    South Beach, I think everyone is pretty familiar with.

    Sweetwater/Westchester, insofar as flooding goes, is pretty much anywhere west of the Palmetto Expressway between about NW 36th St and SW 72nd Street. It may technically have some different names through there, but that area seems to flood pretty badly during heavy rains.

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    South of Fifth in SoBe is the worst for flooding. It can rain for 30 minutes and be underwater in some parts.

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    When I was last in Miami for interviews back in January, it rained like it was monsoon season. I was staying at the Sonesta in Coconut Grove and remember looking out the balcony onto the streets where they were for the most part clear. On the news I remember the Hollywood area being mentioned as one of the hardest-hit, having sustained millions of dollars in damage.

    Thanks for the info

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    The Sonesta actually sits on top of a "hill" such as it is. So the streets in the Grove are pretty clear because the water runs down onto Bayshore and out into the Bay. Never had much flooding issues there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Miller View Post
    Hey Carlos, thanks for the link! This totally reminds of the havoc monsoon rains cause in India.

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    After checking out the pictures in the article, I would never buy a used car that was ever registered in Miami.

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    Cookiemonster, the Sonesta is indeed on a hill as there is an incline from the shoreline to toward inland known as the coastal ridge. This is especially visible in Coral Gables when you go over the Le Jeune bridge.

    Keep in mind, I can't remember a year when they didn't spell the same gloom and doom all over again about hurricane season. Every year they say the same thing. But you can have WORSE flooding during an average set of thunderstorms than even a hurricane. Some hurricanes pack more wind than water.

    Flooding has gotten worse in South Beach in recent years. I don't remember it being so bad in the past.

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    Aventura is very prone to flooding.

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    Maria, didn't we have a discussion a while back about drain clogging or something in the Beach? And that being a big reason for the increased flooding?


    My guess is the glut of towers in SoFi and on West is to blame. Probably created a lot of dust and rubble that has hampered drainage. Birckell is next.

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    We did have a discussion ... yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Miller View Post
    Wow, I never knew it got that bad.

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    Wonder how it is right now... It's been raining heavily the last 3 hours, bet my street is under water.

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    Pinecrest got hit bad today, according to a friend, a she drives a big SUV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria de los Angeles View Post
    Pinecrest got hit bad today, according to a friend, a she drives a big SUV.
    You know, some people in the north justify driving gas-guzzling SUVs by deeming them to be necessities to get around in snowy weather. Could the same be said when it comes to getting around in Miami's rainy weather?

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    Don't give the Gables housewives any more ideas....

    Carlos., when were those pictures from?

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    I think they were from last June right Carlos? When we had the month of June's rainfall in 3 hours. That was fun. I loved his video with the girl surfing down Lincoln Road.

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    Cookiemonster -- I can understand SUVs in mountainous areas with snow but not here. It doesn't rain *that* much.

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    I was here for that!! Most insane weather I"ve ever seen here.

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