|Published:||Jul 02, 2013 5:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 02, 2013 6:05 PM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Many people in Charlotte County woke up to lakes where their yards used to be and rivers that were once streets. Crews have been working around the clock Tuesday to pump lift stations and unclog storm drains. Front yards are now ponds, and pools have their own pool.
Chris Richards said, he woke up to about six inches of water standing inside in his home.
"Water inside the house, water in the driveway, water up to the cars... his boat is just sunk. It's sunk and what's been happening as the water comes over these sea walls is it's entering these boats," Richards said.
Shannon Cannady says she's been up since midnight and wasn't looking forward to her drive into work.
"Thunder and lightning woke me up and I couldn't go back to sleep and it was just horrible... The main highways were so overwhelmed by water I had to go like 20 miles an hour just to get to work," she said.
It wasn't just the roads that were waterlogged. Crews with Englewood's Water District say they've been pumping sewage lift stations all day because water has flooded into manholes and filled the pipes.
Crews said one of the stations goes down about 20 feet underground. It was flooded to four feet from the top. They're used to aftermath, but that's typically after a tropical storm.
The flooding also clogged storm drains off Flamingo Drive. County crews had to bring in a back hoe to clear out rocks, trash and vegetation so the water could flow through and out of these homeowners back yards.
"I'm scared, I don't want no more water," Cannady said.
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