COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -Mockingbird Lake in North Naples is over-taking properties, destroying lawns and docks in the process. Jerry Kurtz, the Stormwater and Environmental Planning Manager for the county said a pipe in the lake has collapsed and they had been planning to replace it since last year.
"The pipe is a good 45 years old, It's metal. It just rusted and collapsed and we're replacing it with a new plastic pipe that should be good for at least 50 years," said Kurtz.
But the amount of rain has made the lake so high, crews are pumping the lake in order to be able to get to the pipe to fix the problem. Residents we spoke to say the water has swallowed their backyarsd and are fearful it will only get worse as the rainy and hurricane season continues. Kurtz assures them they are working to fix the problem sooner than later.
"Right now because it's way up high, we're concerned about flooding and contamination of inundation of private septic tanks and drain fields. The unknown is the input the rainfall. If we get more rain, it's gonna be difficult to make some progress but we're hopeful and gonna give it a try."