MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The city of Miami Beach is consulting the Netherlands on potential strategies for flood control.

Most of the Dutch population lives below sea level. The European country has built a massive system of dams and pumps over the centuries to keep its cities dry.

Miami Beach officials held a seminar Wednesday with Dutch officials to discuss methods that might help the city and other South Florida communities vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Miami Beach is spending at least $200 million on overhauling an aging drainage system with more pumps, higher sea walls, more storage for storm runoff and measures to keep seasonal high tides from flooding streets and neighborhoods.

Dutch officials told The Miami Herald that they are also advising New York City, Norfolk, Va., and Galveston, Texas.


Information from: The Miami Herald,