Some SWFL residents reeling from Isaac
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Isaac not causing much damage in our area but today some people are feeling the storm's effects. Our crews scouting the streets of Southwest Florida, finding Isaac left his mark in some neighborhoods. Four in your Corner's Mike Mason is live in Cape Coral with the latest.
Most folks feel Isaac had little effect on Southwest Florida but we found he did stir things up in some areas. On our tour of the area we found everything from snapped trees to snapping turtles.
When Tyson Patterson woke up Monday morning he realized he wasn't going very far. This huge tree snapped during the storm, falling across SW 19th Avenue in Cape Coral.
Tyson Patterson: "These trees make me nervous."
Some drivers refusing to let a tree block their path and, unlike Patterson, they didn't feel like taking the long way around.
Tyson Patterson: "Did a little bit of backing up and 180's to go around the block in the other direction but you can see a couple of people decided to take a short cut through the neighbor's yard."
Closer to the coast at Tarpon Point Marina, wind is whipping through the trees and stirring up white caps. Isaac still has some boats bobbing around but for the most part it has been smooth sailing.
Dennis Raney - Dockmaster: "We had a bit of a storm surge come in more than normal about a foot higher than normal not as bad as they predicted so that was good."
But in North Fort Myers some residents are reeling from the rain. Huffmaster Road is a mess with standing water so deep that driving has become virtually impossible.
Danny Johnson: "It's bad, I had water over my hood twice a while ago coming down here."
Dana Orlando and her family worry about what may happen if they were trapped at their homes and couldn't get out.
Dana Orlando: "Should there ever be an emergency we're scared, emergency vehicles can't get down here in a quick fashion."
About 45 minutes after 2 and a half year old Paisley walked through this puddle, we noticed something crawling out; this alligator snapping turtle. It's a good reason not to be walking through standing water.
Dana Orlando: "There's creatures, there's turtles there's fish there's sometimes alligators crossing."
Other than that we only found some downed tree limbs and lots of political signs blown around but that's about it. Some say Isaac was a good practice drill for Southwest Florida.