Future of South Florida's Infrastructure
Overflow of water during storms and high tides occurs, in part, because of Miami-Dade County's deteriorating drainage systems. As seas rise through South Florida's porous limestone, some of the land that may last the longest also happens to be home to some of the county's financially challenged communities.
Neighborhoods like Liberty City, Little Haiti and Overtown, and municipalities like Opa-Locka, are likely to remain above water longer than other spaces of lower elevation.
But, according to a 2016 article titled Don 't count on living in Miami, the priorities in poor communities "are likely limited to sustaining their short-term livelihood and are thus may not be interested in a long-term problem such as sea level rise."