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Florida Keys plan to raise some roads to meet sea rise threat

MiamiHerald / In a small Key Largo neighborhood, the tide came in – and didn’t go out for almost a month.

Residents sloshed through more than a foot of saltwater that lapped at their front yards, knocked over their trashcans, created a mosquito breeding ground and made their roads nearly impassible. Some residents rented SUVs to protect their own cars. Others were homebound.

One started a Facebook page to document the flooding: Key Largo Community Swamp.

That was the fall of 2015, courtesy of freak weather and high tides. Neighbors have clamored for solutions since, and Monroe County has finally pitched a potential fix. Officials want to elevate the lowest, most flood-prone road in the Twin Lakes Community of Key Largo and in the low-lying Sands neighborhood of Big Pine Key, 70 miles south – and 2018 might be the year it happens. The county will start accepting design proposals in the coming weeks, and money for construction could be available in October.

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