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Coastal Charlotte County recovers from floodwaters due to Eta

Although canal levels have gone down Thursday, they remain high in parts of Charlotte County.

A homeowner we spoke to says the effects of the storm continue to impact her property as well as her wallet.

Storm surge from Tropical Storm Eta wipes out a boat dock at Charlotte Harbor. That means getting out to Peace River will be harder.

Eta’s effects will last longer for some homeowners in Charlotte County, hitting their bank accounts.

“This morning, we see quite a bit of damage,” Chris Birchfield said.

The water levels buried the seawall Birchfield’s backyard Wednesday.

“It went on for hours and hours and hours,” Birchfield said. “Usually, we don’t see if it’s a hurricane. It comes and goes quite quickly.”

Birchfield woke up to find her dock destroyed Thursday morning and her patio in pieces, causing safety concerns and a major headache.

“Because no insurance,’ Birchfield said. “Nobody has insurance on the seawall in this part of the harbor.”

Birchfield lost a piece of her backyard paradise, but she’s grateful she didn’t lose what’s more important.

“We are safe. Our cats are safe. We never lost any power,” She said.

Charlotte County closed the South Gulf Cove Lock due to the lingering high water levels. The Tom Adam Bridge near Manasota Key is back to normal operations for boaters.

Reporter:Erika Jackson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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