|Published:||Aug 05, 2013 5:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 05, 2013 6:30 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It was just days ago that a 5-year-old boy was swept through a drain in Fort Myers, going 300 yards into the Caloosahatchee River.
Since then there have been concerns about the same thing happening in other southwest Florida communities.
Over the weekend a woman called WINK News worried about the drain near her home on Southwest 5th Place in Cape Coral.
City workers inspected the drain.
There are about 23,000 similar catch basins across Cape Coral.
Chris Camp, maintenance director with Cape Coral's public works, saw our WINK News story about the child who was sucked into a Fort Myers drain. "We're pretty confident since we've not had a sitaution like this ... ever. It would of happened by now," Camp said.
On Thursday, little Owen Just was playing in the puddles in Fort Myers when a whilrpool sucked him inside and spit him out 300 yards into the river.
On Saturday, a Cape Coral family voiced concerns about a basin off Southwest 5th Place.
Camp say his crews came out to measure it and doesn't believe a child could get sucked in unless he or she crawled in. "The opening is more rectangle in shape and only 8 inches high so it's very unlikely that a human could get swept in there," he said.
But he says parents do need to be cautious, because the catch basins, with or without grates can act like a vacuum when there is a lot of rain.
"The purpose of them are to convey water to the canal system, just like what happened in the Fort Myers incident, they need to get flooded under water. They can get quite a suction affect in them especially once some blockages are relieved," he said.
If you are concerned about a drain in your neighborhood, you are urged to call Cape Coral's Citizen Action Center.
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