In the program room of the Boynton Beach City Library, 80-year-old Harvey Levine is handed a numbered ticket and a form to fill out. He then sits down and waits for his number to be called.
The room is divided into stations marked "Property Look-up," "Insurance Information," "Appeals and Comments," and "Community Assistance." This is one of several public open houses hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Levine is here to learn the status of his Lake Worth condo.
There's a reason flooding is always a possibility when it storms in South Florida.
"Our flood-control system was built over 60 years ago to handle two million people. We now have almost eight million people," says Gabe Margasak, a public information officer for the South Florida Water Management District.
Because of this, in the past six years the District spent about $270 million in upgrades.
The flooding left behind by heavy overnight rainfall in parts of Palm Beach County is more than just a nuisance that closed schools and blocked roads.
Now, it has caused two deaths.
The Palm Beach Post reports that a 56-year-old woman drowned after accidently driving her car from a flooded street straight into a canal. A 90-year-old man died after he fell into a canal while out for a walk.
If sea level rise continues unabated, sections of South Florida -- and Miami in particular -- will be under water in a matter of decades. But a new study suggests that swift reductions in "short-lived climate pollutants" and carbon dioxide levels could help to slow the rise.