Local State of Emergency declared due to inclement weather

Miami-Dade County is under a State of Local Emergency effective June 12, 2024. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), coastal and metro areas of Miami-Dade County are under a Flash Flood Emergency and the excessive rainfall is causing flooding in areas that are low-lying, with poor drainage and in urban areas. Additional rain is expected for several days.  
 
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine has activated the County’s Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2 Partial Activation. This will allow the County’s Department of Emergency Management to coordinate key resources to further serve and mitigate the impacts in the most vulnerable areas currently affected by flooding, especially in the northeast of the County.

As Miami-Dade County continues to face inclement weather, 
Miami-Dade County Departments have been taking steps to prepare our infrastructure and help reduce flooding in hot spots, focusing on known issue areas where we anticipate flooding may occur. Continue monitoring local media or verified social media platforms for the latest updates, advisories, and instructions from public safety officials. 
 
Sign up for free Miami-Dade Alerts to receive emergency texts or emails regarding public safety issues, recommended public protective actions and other emergency information.  

Call 311 to report flooding in your area.

Safety tips:  

  • Stay home or indoors, if you can.
  • Decrease water use in the morning and evening, which are the heaviest usage times, during heavy rain.
  • Keep manhole covers closed when streets are flooded. We don’t want flooding getting into the wastewater system and we don’t want wastewater getting into our streets so it’s important to keep the manhole covers closed.  
  • Don’t drive or walk into flood waters: Don’t drive or walk around road barriers, or through large puddles. Hidden debris may be just under the surface that could hurt you or disable your car. It is vital to know what to do if you are driving and hit a flooded road: More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occur in vehicles. Turn around, don’t drown.  
  • Don’t underestimate the power of water: 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.  
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires: Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power and Light’s customer service number at (305) 442-8770.    
  • Do not play in standing water: If water is stagnant for extended periods, there is a potential for contamination. Playing or remaining in standing water should be avoided.  
  • Do not touch an electric appliance if you are wet or standing in water.  
  • Decrease water use in the morning and evening – which are the heaviest usage times – during heavy rain. 

For more safety tips, visit miamidade.gov/fire

Service updates:

Most County offices remain open and providing services to residents.

Department of Solid Waste Management

  • Recycling collection south of North Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street) has been suspended today, June 13.  Affected customers will have a make up day on Saturday, June 15.  Please have your blue recycling carts out at the curb by 7 a.m.

Libraries

The following libraries are closed June 13:

  • Bay Harbor Islands Branch Library
  • Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch Library
  • Sunny Isles Beach Branch Library

Miami International Airport

  • Due to potential delays and cancelations, travelers are urged to confirm the status of their flight with their airline.
  • Parking garages at Miami International Airport are reaching maximum capacity due to delayed flights. Travelers are urged to arrive early and consider other alternatives to get to the airport, including rideshare, ride with friends and family, taxi service or public transportation.

Tax Collector

  • The Miami-Dade Office of the Tax Collector closed at 2 p.m.

Transit

  • All Metrorail Parking Garages are available for free parking starting at noon on Thursday, June 13 through 5 p.m., Friday, June 14.

Resources 
 
Emergency Declaration:
Miami-Dade County Declaration of Local State of Emergency (Flooding)  PDF | HTML

Emergency Declaration Press Release:  
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Declares Local State of Emergency due to inclement weather

Inclement Weather Press Releases:  
Miami-Dade County Mayor activates Emergency Operations Center to a level 2 partial activation in preparation for additional rain

Miami-Dade County Departments respond to inclement weather and heavy rainfall

Originally published at https://www.miamidade.gov/global/news-item.page?Mduid_news=news1718239030150971

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