Wellington’s stormwater management team has been making preparations this week at pump stations around the community, clearing debris from canals and ensuring they are at their optimal levels in anticipation of Tropical Storm Dorian.
As of Wednesday, the storm was projected to possibly strike Florida as Hurricane Dorian sometime Sunday or Monday.
Wellington officials were closely monitoring the storm as it moved across the Caribbean.
As with any tropical storm, attention turns to the potential for heavy rainfall and localized flooding. Wellington staff was closely monitoring the forecast and local water levels.
The village’s canals were within acceptable levels, and pumping was proceeding as necessary in preparation.
Public works crews have also been working to clear drains and swales as needed, and village officials were also working closely with the South Florida Water Management District as that agency prepares the regional flood protection system to protect communities from flooding and handle possible heavy local rainfall.
Village officials stressed that flood control is a shared responsibility, urging residents and homeowners’ associations to do their part to help keep their community drainage systems running smoothly. This includes keeping neighborhood street grates clear of debris to prevent blockage and ensure proper drainage, and turning off sprinklers and letting rainfall water your lawn.
Caution should always be applied when walking or driving through flooded areas. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
Wellington will continue to keep residents updated on its emergency operations and flood control efforts as the storm approaches. For updates, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov and follow the village on social media.