CUTLER BAY – Water pumps have been working nonstop since Tuesday night to mitigate flooding in the Saga Bay neighborhood in SW Miami-Dade.
“We’re in a much better position today, obviously the streets are dry in most places. There’s still a bit more work to do and we always have added anticipation in case more storms come,” said Mayor Tim Meerbott, Town of Cutler Bay.
A total of five pumps were placed around the Town of Cutler Bay to target problem areas where flooding became an issue for the past several days. The water, which rose to 4 feet in some areas Tuesday had receded a considerable amount by midmorning Wednesday.
“Oh yeah! Today is much better,” said Sebastian Horta, who was able to go on a bike ride around his neighborhood for the first time since Sunday. “The lake over there is a little bit lower! he added.
The lake he’s referring to is Saga Bay lake, which is where the flooding problems stem from according to officials with the Town of Cutler Bay.
The Lake, which is surrounded by nearly 600 homes in the Saga Bay neighborhood, overflowed on Saturday and again Monday causing tens of thousands of gallons of water to spill onto the roadway.
“We’re going to continue to prepare and ask experts what else we can do to get the water out of low lying areas like this a lot faster,” said Mayor Meerbott.
As parts of South Florida remain under a flood watch that was extended to Wednesday evening, residents are bracing for another afternoon of showers.