Will the rain ever stop? Fort Myers already 4.2″ above average for the month
“When will it stop?”
“Rain, Rain go away!”
Those are the mummerings of Southwest Floridians lately on social media, in the workplace and at home as rain continues to fall, day in and day out.
For the month of August, Fort Myers is currently 4.27″ above the 5.14″ average, for a total of 9.41″.
WINK News Meteorologist Zach Maloch says offshore rain will continue to move onshore through Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Southwestern Collier County until 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in SW Collier. Storms continuing to back-build will lead to additional rainfall across the area with high rainfall rates.
NWS said some locations that would experience flooding include: Naples, Marco Island, Belle Meade, Marco Island Airport and Naples Manor.
Flooding issues in Cape Coral
With the Utilities Extension Project underway, we were told roads continue to flood Friday.
Neighbors said their garbage can were floating away due to rainstorms in the area over the past 48 hours. Families had to drive into grassy areas to get out of their homes. One mom said she leased an SUv just to make sure she cam pull in and out of her driveway safely.
“Lots of knocked down barrels and debris,” Rubie Costa said. “I had a piece of plywood this morning that had nails in it, so I had to get the tire fixed. That was probably because of the flooding.”
Cost and her children had a scary, slippery drive to school Friday, and she turned it into a lesson.
“My youngest is nine, and I have a 12 and 15-year-old,” Costa said. “And he just got his permit, so that’s where all that extra caution comes into play.”
Costa described her dangerous drive to school down Tropicana Parkway in Cape.
“Lots of standing water and people not paying attention and plowing through it,” Costa said. “Not giving the right of way to school buses coming through.”
Costa hopes Cape Coral’s drainage problems are resolved soon but knows her teens will be on the road sooner.
“Open up safety talks with our kids driving to school, and never take things for granted,” Costa said. “Some intersections were nearly impassable. And as early as it was, I don’t know that drivers were necessarily paying attention.”
She made sure to educate her kids about the dangers of hydroplaning on wet roads, the importance of driving slowly and away from big puddles in the streets.
Woman fears flooding will worsen in Cape Coral
On Santa Barbara Boulevard North in Cape Coral, the construction cones and standing water force drivers to slow down. But one woman is dealing with much worse; part of her yard and mailbox are submerged in water up to her knees.
WATCH the video above for the full story by WINK News Reporter Anika Henager.
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Look how impressive rain totals have been since August 1!