GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla - Last week's torrential rainfall is still causing problems in Collier County, specifically in the area of 18th Street Northeast in Golden Gate Estates.
Two homeowners showed WINK News their back yards that are still under water and they say they're not getting enough help from County officials to reduce the flooding.
Several inches of water still stand in John Marker's yard. It doesn't look like much, but it's a small taste of what these residents have been forced to swallow.
As John Marker takes a walk through his backyard, you can see the water is still over his ankles, but this he says, is a huge improvement from what it looked like earlier this week.
"The water was right up to the fence. You couldn't walk out here," says Marker.
Across the street, his neighbor is dealing with water nearly waste deep. "I live like this almost 9 months out of the year. This is the way I live," says Moise.
Big Cypress Basin gave WINK News a graph showing water levels in the nearby canal have gone down more than a foot since last week. The director of Big Cypress Basin says homes on this street are in low lying areas and there's nothing more they can do.
"I just can't drain a whole system for a couple low lying areas. It's not impacting his home, it's not impacting his property. It's just the lowest part of his yard has some ponding," says Clarence Tears, Director of Big Cypress Basin.
Marker and his neighbors have been at odds with water management for years trying to get them to do something about this flooding.
"When there's a hurricane we understand there's a multitude of water coming in, but this little bit of water has been coming in here for the last 4-5 years. We keep getting flooded and it's a health issue," says Marker.
Marker and neighbors tell WINK News they've been trying to explain to water management the issue goes beyond last weeks storm.
Marker, holding up a picture, yells, "This is what my property looks like 2-3 times a year. This was taken the first part of this year."