The City of Fort Lauderdale understands the importance of solving the complex stormwater challenges of the area. In response to community feedback during the citywide visioning process and the annual neighbor survey, the City Commission identified stormwater management as a top priority. The City is in the process of implementing a three-phase plan addressing flooding conditions and planning the placement of additional stormwater infrastructure. Read more about the plan below.
Local Flood Hazard
With seven miles of shoreline, 300 miles of canal coastline, a flat topography and shallow, porous aquifer, Fort Lauderdale can be vulnerable to coastal flooding. As our community continues to experience the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, we are developing a Stormwater Master Plan to address flooding and other stormwater management challenges.
The City is composed of numerous individual watersheds, many of which are low-lying areas surrounded by canals and rivers. This combined with limited groundwater storage, aging and undersized stormwater infrastructure, high tidal/storm surges, and seasonal high-intensity storm events combine to exacerbate local flood risks.
As we strive to become a safe and resilient coastal community we are adapting to changing conditions. In order to maintain the level of service while anticipating a growing community and more frequent and more intense flooding events, we must upgrade our stormwater infrastructure to handle a variety of future conditions. We are exploring stormwater solutions that are practical, innovative, and work in harmony with our surrounding environment.
Stormwater Management Program
We are currently in the second phase of developing the Stormwater Master Plan. The second phase involves focusing on seven of our most vulnerable neighborhoods to address their specific stormwater and tidal flooding issues. In phase three we will expand the Master Plan initiative citywide.
Phase two involves three main project elements: data collection, modeling/master planning, and design and construction.
- Data Collection
During the data collection effort, the project team gathered physical stormwater information to complete the City’s stormwater infrastructure GIS database. As part of the data collection effort, the City of Fort Lauderdale and stormwater consultant staff visited the seven target neighborhoods to discuss the stormwater management program and gather neighbor input about flooding concerns in their areas. Input gathered from the neighborhoods is being incorporated in the preliminary infrastructure design recommendations.
- Modeling/Master Planning
The modeling/master planning element utilizes the data collected in building a Citywide stormwater hydrologic/hydraulic model which will be used to predict how the current and future stormwater system will operate under various rainfall events. Based on the model results, the project team will develop a broader citywide plan identifying other neighborhood capital improvement/community investment projects.
- Design and Construction
The final element of Phase two is the development of a neighborhood capital improvement/community investment projects that will focus on design and construction of projects in the seven neighborhoods to address known/historical flooding problems and other issues identified through the stormwater modeling.