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Delray Beach flooding on Marine Way

High tides are expected for another night from the super moon.  Social media blew up over the weekend with pictures of the super moon eclipse.

The fascination quickly turned to desperation for some residents living in low sitting areas on the water, as the high tide ran over into their homes.

When it comes to flooding, Clair Johnson has learned how to protect his home.

"This is the part that's lower than the ground level outside, so we do get some flooding in here," said Johnson.

Areas of the floor in the front room, are still wet from the high tide running over on Marine Way in Delray Beach.  The super moon caused the street to flood all weekend.

Johnson said, "Every year that it's going to happen, we prepare by taking all the furniture out of the room and putting it into the rest of the house."

The damage from salt water flooding from hurricanes, storms and extremely high tides is evident.  Rotted wood panels, chipped off paint.

He's used these sandbags for the last decade, which help some.

"You know, do we get annoyed?" said Johnson. "I'm not sure that I would call it annoyed anymore. The first year that it happened, we were pretty upset cause we didn't know it was going to happen, but we're pretty used to it."

Something  he's been used to for 23 years, but relief could be on the way.

The city just completed a contract to install valves on the end of the pipes to help with drainage issues. There's already one in place.

"That will keep the salt water from coming in, but allow the fresh water when it rains to go out. And they're ordered for Marine Way here," said John Morgan, Delray Beach's sustainability officer. "We're gonna have our marina done in the next couple of months."

Morgan thinks this may only be a short term solution.

"It is getting worse, so the sea level rise is happening and that's going to exacerbate this and so we're gonna have to eventually try different types of mitigation measures. the valves eventually won't work, we may have to raise sea walls and other types of things to live with the water."

City officials plan to place valves in other low sitting areas around Delray beach.

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