CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The recent rain and flooding is taking a toll on more than two dozen canals across Charlotte County. Seawalls are literally crumbling into the water.
"After the rains started on Monday, Tuesday the phones started ringing with sea walls that were beginning to fall down," said City Engineer, Mark Gering
"My neighbor's wall dropped and his is starting to drop and then there's one at the other side it's actually sunk in the water," said resident Joan Purcell.
City engineers are busy making replacements for 32 sections all over Punta Gorda after days of rain.
"The normal storm doesn't really bother us but we had so much for a few days in a row that didn't allow the previous rain the drain off before the new rain came. The walls just can't hold that load," said Gering.
Crews are still assessing the damage and say it could take months to replace.
"The first thing we do when we get the report is send a crew out to cut the wall loose. The walls are all connected with steel and concrete caps, so we cut that cap so that wall that fell doesn't cause any other walls to fall. minimize the damage," he said.
City officials have not even started to calculate that but say taxpayers who live along these walls will foot the bill.
"It costs us about $300 per foot for a seawall and we could have as much as a half a mile of wall down at this point," he said.