Published: Jul 02, 2013 12:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 02, 2013 2:13 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- The heavy rains are creating quite a mess on many of our streets. Drivers are being diverted because of the flooded roads.

Don't be fooled by the blue skies and clear highways out in Charlotte County. Side roads throughout the area are filled with flood waters. Cars have been struggling to get through all morning long.

Charlotte County Fire and EMS crews have been up warning residents to stay off the roads since 6:30 a.m. The areas that have seen the most significant damage so far, are the Western part of Charlotte County, including the Rotonda area, up and down Placida Road and in Englewood.

"We really recommend that there be a lot of parental supervision. If the children are going out, there's standing water, and it's just not safe. It's very attractive to children to jump in a puddle or swail that's full of water, so you want to keep these children out of there," said Dee Hawkins, Public Information Officer for Charlotte County Fire and EMS.

Hawkins said today's storm damage is manageable, but it's important to stay informed about how the weather is developing and how you can get around the flooded roads in your area.