Published: Sep 26, 2013 4:16 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 6:39 PM EDT

LEE/CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News took a helicopter ride over the flooded areas of northern Lee County and southern Charlotte County today. Our crew spotted horses and cows standing in flooded pastures, and some homes appearing to be cut off by water.

The video from the air shows some of the private, dirt roads that are washed out.  Under a local state of emergency declared Thursday, Lee can use taxpayer dollars to put gravel and fill dirt on those roads, so that ambulances and fire trucks can get to homes.   That emergency declaration also allows livestock owners to bring large animals to the Lee Civic Center.   County officials have corrals and shelters on dry ground for those animals.  

The video also shows entire fields flooded in southern Charlotte. Some of that water could become the so-called "sheet flow" that comes south into Lee on its way to the Caloosahatchee River. Lee authorities believe the rain from earlier this week will produce sheet flow that could keep parts of North Ft. Myers and Bayshore, battling hign water for days to come.