|Published:||Aug 27, 2012 6:19 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 27, 2012 9:49 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Isaac approached, Collier County leaders were worried about the potentially dangerous and damaging storm surge. So far, though, that hasn't been a problem. Collier residents tell us, while they took many precautions, they are thankful it wasn't much worse.
Isaac arrived with a lightning show, bringing with it, plenty of wind and rain. By dawn, people on Marco Island got their first look at the result: choppy, rough water at Caxambas Park, splashing as it hit the walls.
"We just checked the boats out," Gary Jarstead said. "Unbelievable, the tide is just going over our seawall and hopefully things will calm down here."
Lori Domiano chose to spend the night off the island just in case, and was amazed to see what Tropical Storm? Isaac left behind.
"I've lived here for 5 years and I've never seen anything like this, ever, it's incredible," Domiano said, looking at the fast-moving water.
Marco Island Police reported a very small number of homes and businesses that suffered flood-related damage. People living on the canals are keeping an eye on water levels, as they creep above the sea walls.
"It was really really low, and I was like, wow, I've never seen it that low before, and we wake up this morning and here it is," Angela Villanueva said. "This is the highest we've ever seen it too, ever, it's already in the grass."
People headed to Goodland were met with a road completely covered with water. Drivers with cars that were lower to the ground were forced to turn around while others chose to take it very slowly. Steve Gober went to check on his business. He says he's seen worse from other storms.
"I know it's going out now, so its probably as high as it's going to get," Gober said. But we're lucky, it didn't get inside the building, didn't hurt anything."
At Delnore-Wiggins Pass State Park, the waves were a lot stronger than usual. We spotted many surfers out on the water, taking advantage of that effect of Isaac.