COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A Collier County spokesperson said Karen Drive historically has had drainage problems. Road Maintenance workers have come out here to check the storm and said nothing is clogging the drain. Residents want the water drained faster.
Cars driving on Karen Drive are leaving a wake behind them. It's not just the road that is flooded, but driveways and front yards are also under water. A county spokesperson, Connie Deane, said this area received six inches of rain last night and because this is a low-lying area, it is taking longer for the water to drain. The Bayshore Community Redevelopment Agency did a sidewalk project out here a few years ago, but residents said their work hasn't fixed the problem.
"Ever since we lived here in the past two years, every time it rains or a strong storm comes by, it always starts to flood and so far yesterday, it was the worst day, or the worst amount of rain ever landed right here," said Alex Puentes.
The county said they will continue to monitor the street. Deane said another part of the problem is because drainage depends on the tides being so close to sea level. If it's high tide, there's no where for the water to go, so it will take time to drain.