PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Tropical Storm Debby continues to dump several inches of rain on an already saturated City of Punta Gorda. A band of storms moved through the area this morning, flooding several streets throughout the City.
The following streets have been closed:
-All side streets between U.S. 41 and Cooper Street, and between Marion and Olympia Avenues.
-All side streets between West Retta Esplanade and Marion Avenue.
-Retta Esplanade at Taylor Street.
As bands of showers move through the area from Tropical Storm Debby, the streets may continue to flood throughout the evening. An above-normal high tide is expected between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. tonight due to the amount of rainfall over the last 48 hours. Residents are advised to secure or bring inside any lawn furniture or other moveable items. If your dock is accessible, please secure any vessels and items as well.
ADDITIONALLY, Charlotte County Community Services has closed the Bayshore Live Oak Park, Port Charlotte Beach Park, and Englewood Beach until further notice to ensure public safety due to high surf, erosion, and damage to County park facilities as a result of Tropical Storm Debby.
The public is asked to notify the department of any hazardous conditions they observe by calling 941.625.7529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Communications reports the following rain/wind storm calls related to Tropical Storm Debby:
-El Jobean: S.R. 776 & Sturkie Avenue.
-Portofino’s Restaurant: 23247 Bayshore Road, Charlotte Harbor. Wedding gazebo destroyed by high water/waves.
-Rotonda Golf & Country Club: Tree down.
-Roads under water in Cleveland area: Misty Ave. Riverside Drive, and Cleveland Ave. (East of Punta Gorda)
-Roads under water in El Jobean: Sturkie Ave. and Commercial St.
-4320 Jamison Way, Port Charlotte: Roof caved in on home.
-1365 Sanderling Dr., Englewood East: Roof and structural damage to mobile home.
-1355 Sanderling Dr., Englewood East: Roof and carport damage.
-Bayshore Park, Charlotte Harbor: Park completely shut down due to sidewalk damage and water crossing over roadway.
-Power line down in Port Charlotte: Gregory Drive & Waterway Circle.
-Wal-Mart store in Deep Creek: Storefront damages to two entrances.
Motorists should use extra caution while driving in any area of Charlotte County due to rain and wind damages from Tropical Storm Debby.