Published: Sep 07, 2013 11:13 AM EDT

Charlotte County homeowners who live off Huffmaster Road have to drive for miles though standing water.

"When you go down the road you're going up and down like a roller coaster. If we could get that filled in and maybe it wouldn't flood as bad," said Michelle Cansler.

Cansler says her commute to work used to take a few minutes.

"I have to leave an hour early for work everyday. I get home an hour later. It changes everything," she said.

"It's water that accumulates over the flat part of any land that doesn't sink into the ground and doesn't flow because it's so flat. In the past three months we've had probably a foot to a foot and a half of extra rainfall in Southwest Florida," said Charlotte County Emergency Coordinator, Gerry Mallet.

"The fire chief has taken both an engine and ambulance on all public roads in that area to make sure they are accessible," Mallet said.

But that doesn't help private roads.

"We have no authority. It's like your driveway at home. We can't fix your driveway," he said.

"If our road washes out we are stranded there's no place we can go. I had to go to the doctors and I couldn't get there it was washed out so I went to Ft. Myers and stayed overnight with friends," said Frieda Perry.

Until the rains stop and the waters recede, drivers are on their own.

"There's a whole system of canals throughout eastern Charlotte County and those canals carry the water to the Caloosahatchee to the gulf but there is not a big change in elevation so it's moving very, very slowly," said Mallet.