|Published:||Sep 04, 2013 12:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 04, 2013 12:45 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A State of Emergency is still in effect for parts of Lee County because of severe flooding. The rising water has cut off access to emergency vehicles in some areas. Crews are in the North Fort Myers area, identifying badly flooded roads, and laying down gravel to make them passable.
Standing water is making some residents nervous about access to and from their homes on Huffmaster Road, just off Nalle Grade. Residents want to how this declaration of emergency will really help them.
This land has been Winston Anderson's for ten years
"It is the worst I've ever seen it. I've never seen it this bad before," said Anderson. "We can't put the horses out. We have to keep them inside because the ground is too wet and their feet get damaged."
And the road is no better. Anderson's home is the last house on Huffmaster Road that's a part of Lee County, the rest of his neighbors are in Charlotte.
"Our roads are in such a shape now. At the corner of Charlotte County and Lee County line...I don't see how they can get in to give us any service," said Joe Youmans, another resident.
The entire stretch is privately-maintained, but they're hoping the county will give emergency aid to help make things right.
"Right now, the water is going over the road in five or six different places, and since the last 23 years, I've never seen it like this before," said Michel Roy, another resident.
The county said it has already identified Skipper and Welborn Roads as two roads that will get gravel put down today. As for private roads, that might need public emergency help, the county said they can get aid if public safety and fire officials determine the road to be impassable by a fire brush truck.
Charlotte Fire and EMS provides mutual aid to this road with Bayshore Fire, and they said the are monitoring this road every day. They have allocated specialized equipment to navigate through here, even during flooding like this and are satisfied they can provide emergency service here.
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