Flooding subsides, residents left to pick up the pieces

Flood water rose near a home Sunday morning on Morton Avenue and Morton Grove Drive in Bonita Springs.(Submitted photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. Southwest Florida still has a long way to go to dry out.

Much of the region got a respite Monday afternoon from the persistent rain that had been falling since Thursday, but flooding remains an issue.

Crews rescued 150 people and 37 animals from San Carlos Park on Monday, the San Carlos Park Fire Department said.

Some roads remained under water, trapping people in their homes. The Island Park neighborhood in south Fort Myers was particularly hard-hit.

“We’ve been here 16 years, and we’ve never seen it this high,” homeowner Craig Brown said.

The Red Cross was offering assistance on its website.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott met with Gov. Rick Scott about the flooding.

“The Sheriff did not identify any unmet needs,” the governor’s office wrote in a statement. “The Governor will continue to monitor the flooding and stay in touch with local officials.”

Rainfall totals

Approximately 60 percent of the average annual rainfall has come within the last four days over the Ten Mile Canal and Six Mile Cypress watersheds, the city of Fort Myers said.

Those areas have received more than 30 inches of rain in the last four days, according to the city.

Western parts of Fort Myers have received 18 inches of rain — approximately 55 percent of the average annual rainfall in those spots, the city said.

Cape Coral and Bokeelia got 18 inches over the past three days, according to radar estimates. Several other areas of Southwest Florida have seen more than a foot of rain over the last three days.

Lee County shelters

The City of Fort Myers is closing its overnight shelter at Dunbar Middle School at 4750 Winkler Ave., which provided full Red Cross support.

But other shelters remain open.

Residents can also go to Lee County’s Estero Recreation Center at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. This is another shelter with full Red Cross support. This is an overnight shelter with food, amenities and supplies. Pets are welcome and Lee County Animal Service is on site.

Cape Coral Emergency Management has opened a reception center at the Faith Presbyterian Church at 4544 Coronado Pkwy. This reception center is not a shelter with full Red Cross support and does not accept animals. If people need help getting to the reception center, call the non-emergency dispatch line at 239-574-3223. If anyone has any questions about the reception center, call 239-574-0501.

Schools open in Collier, Lee

Public schools in Lee and Collier counties will be open Tuesday, those districts said.

“We understand that some areas of the county are still affected more than others,” Collier County spokesperson Greg Turchetta said. “In the event that conditions are difficult for students to travel to their school or bus stop, we urge parents to make the best decision for the safety and security of their child/children.”

Lee County schools urged parents “to make the decision they feel is best for their student if conditions around their home make it difficult to travel to school or the bus stop.”

At least one school will remain closed on Tuesday: Gladiolus Learning and Development Center on 10320 Gladiolus Drive in south Fort Myers.

Flood watches, warnings across Southwest Florida

A flood watch covering all of Southwest Florida expired at 8 p.m. Monday night.

But a flood warning remains in effect for Horse Creek near Arcadia in DeSoto County, the National Weather Service in Tampa said. It’s unclear when the warning will lift.

A flood warning means flooding is imminent or already taking place, and a watch means conditions are favorable for flooding to occur. An advisory is for flooding that isn’t bad enough for a warning to be issued. Click here for more on the difference.

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Flooding poses health risk

Floodwaters served as a temptation for children home from school looking for an outlet, even as the Florida Department of Health warned against wading into it.

People could be seen water skiing near Burnt Store Road in northwest Cape Coral:

Floodwater may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste and septic tanks, the health department said.

The department provided tips for preventing waterborne illness:

  • If you have open cuts or sores exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and disinfected or boiled water.
  • Apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection. See a doctor if a wound or sore develops redness, swelling or drainage.
  • Don’t allow children to play in toys that have been in floodwater until the toys have been disinfected. Use a quarter-cup of bleach in one gallon of water to disinfect toys and other items.

WINK News reporter Taylor Bisacky has more:

Lee County road closures

County officials provided a map of updated road closures Tuesday morning:

      • Burnt Store Road from Durden Parkway to Gulfstream Parkway in Cape Coral
      • Chiquita Parkway and Trafalgar Parkway in Cape Coral
      • Saunders Avenue in Bonita Springs
      • McKenna Avenue in Bonita Springs
      • Quinn Street from Dean Street to Bonita Beach Road Southeast in Bonita Springs
      • Downs Drive to Bonita Beach Road Southeast in Bonita Springs

The following streets in Cape Coral reopened Monday, according to police:

  • The 600 block of Mohawk Parkway in Cape Coral
  • Academy Boulevard from Southeast 22nd Lane to Southeast 23rd Street in Cape Coral
  • Skyline Boulevard from the 400 block of Southwest Fourth Street to the 800 block of Southwest Eighth Street
  • Mid Cape Terrace from Southwest Second Avenue to Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral
  • Hancock Bridge Parkway and Cultural Park Boulevard in Cape Coral
  • The 600 block of Mohawk Parkway in Cape Coral

Sandbags are available at South Trail Fire Department Station 62 at 13500 Sophomore Lane off Daniels Parkway in south Fort Myers.

WINK News reporter Chris Grisby went to Citrus Park in Bonita Springs where many residents were trapped in their homes due to flooding.

WINK News reporter Michelle Kingston went to Cape Coral where Honc Marine Contracting responded to dozens of reports that peoples sea walls were cracking, crumbling and then eventually caving in due to the rising floodwaters.

Flooding invades Fort Myers

The City of Fort Myers provided a list of where flooding has been reported:

      • Botanica Lakes subdivision, near Treeline
      • Localized flooding in Pelican Preserve subdivision
      • Rockville Road
      • Hill Avenue
      • Peterson Road
      • McGregor, near Linwood and Poinciana
      • McGregor at Pine Ridge
      • Edgewood
      • Seminole
      • Cortez and 41
      • Broadway, south of Edison
      • Areas around Broadway, Central, Jackson and Victoria have some intrusion into homes and flooded areas
      • Dean Park is experiencing some draining issues

Mayor Randy Henderson, the City Manager and City Council are following minute-by-minute reports from City personnel, and urge anyone who needs assistance to call the City’s Storm Call Center at 239-321-8100.

Sandbags are being offered at Station 1 on 2033 Jackson Street and Station 5 on 9700 Treeline Avenue.

Flooding plagues Cape Coral, closes roads

WINK News reporter Brooke Shafer went on a ride-along with Chief Ryan Lamb of the Cape Coral Fire Department to warn drivers of what is to come as roads start to dry.

The Cape Coral Police Department provided a list of roads and intersections that are still being affected by standing water:

      • One lane of Chiquita is open facing the north-south direction at Trafalgar
      • The east-west intersection at Trafalgar remains closed
      • There is a detour in effect for Burnt Store Road, between Gulfstream Pkwy and Durden Pkwy. This could be in effect for the next day or so

Potholes developed in the following places in Cape Coral, police said:

      • 606 Mohawk Pkwy.
      • 478 NE Second Place
      • 462 NE Second Place
      • The eastbound lane of the 100-block of Nicholas Parkway East
      • Veterans Parkway, east of Skyline Boulevard in the eastbound lane
      • Andalusia Boulevard, north of Diplomat Parkway
      • 514 NW 1st St.

Trash pickup proceeded as scheduled Monday in Cape Coral, police said. Any roads normally scheduled for Monday pickup that were blocked by flooding will receive trash pickup Tuesday.

WINK News reporter Oliver Redsten spoke to residents in a community off of Burnt Store Road who are worried that the neighborhood lake will soon overflow into their backyard from all the rainfall.

WINK News reporter John Trierweiler was at Chiquita Boulevard South and Trafalgar Parkway in Cape Coral as flooding shut down the intersection.

A 12-inch main break cut off water over the weekend to an estimated 100 people in a portion of Del Prado Boulevard, north of Hancock Bridge Parkway, said Connie Barron, a city public information officer.

Once the water is restored, the area will be under a boil water notice, Barron said. Those affected should boil their water at a rolling boil for 60 seconds before use.

Flooding in Charlotte County impacts roads

Rain lingered Monday in Charlotte County more than other areas of Southwest Florida, exacerbating problems that developed over the weekend.

The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners relayed the following roads with flooding:

  • Cleveland Drive
  • County Road 74 in proximity of Bronco Road
  • Golf Course Boulevard
  • Gulfstream Boulevard
  • Loveland Boulevard between Olean and Suncoast Boulevards
  • Olean Boulevard between Conway and Loveland Boulevards
  • Spinnaker Boulevard
  • State Road 31 at County Road 74
  • Westchester Boulevard between Melissa Court and Loveland Boulevard

Heavy rains have put a toll on the sewer systems in Charlotte County, as WINK News anchor Britni McDonald examines:

Collier County drying out

Floodwaters receded in much of Collier County on Monday, but a few areas still dealt with roadblocks on Monday night. Sabal Palm Drive near the Picayune Strand State Forest and Wagon Wheel Road in the Big Cypress National Preserve are closed, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

WINK News reporter Nicole Papageorge walked through the flooded streets of Dogwood Way off Logan Boulevard, where residents laid blame on an insufficient drainage system.

WINK News finds flooding in SWFL

WINK News reporter Lauren Sweeney waded through deep water in the Island Park neighborhood:

WINK News reporter Jessica Alpern livestreamed rescue efforts in Island Park:

WINK News reporter Chris Grisby went live via Facebook as flooding took place along Morton Avenue in Bonita Springs:

WINK News reporter Kelsey Kushner went live via Facebook to showcase flooding off McGregor Boulevard in south Fort Myers:

WINK News reporters Oliver Redsten, Brooke Shafer, Kelsey Kushner, and anchor John Carlos Estrada showcased the flooding conditions Sunday across Southwest Florida:

Flood insurance

Call For Action reporter Lindsey Sablan breaks down what flood insurance covers for people who have had a car or home damaged by the flood over the weekend.

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