Can ambulances get down flooded road in N. Ft. Myers?
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North Fort Myers, Fla.
Some areas of Southwest Florida have seen several inches of rain over the past few days leaving entire neighborhoods under water. People living in parts of North Fort Myers worry they could be stuck in an emergency and they want to know what's being done to fix it.
"Yesterday it was a lot worse, yes. The water was actually going over the road," said Larry Cutler, who lives on Dosante Lane.
He wants to know how an ambulance would get down the road if it's flooded. "The people who live over here, both of those people are over 80 years old,” added Cutler. “This fellow over here, his mother lives with him and she's on oxygen and if they have a power outage the oxygen tanks go dry because it's not running and an ambulance has to be able to get there."
Cutler also said the person he talked with at the fire department agreed,
"They said 'well, yea, it could probably pose a problem for an emergency vehicle to get there', and I said 'well, wouldn't that cause you to have to bring something in? And, they said 'well, that would be up to your county commissioner'.”
He says he's not the only one who called either. "Everybody within 4 or 5 neighbors that way and this way has been on the phone with emergency management services today because of this reason.
FOX4 learned about this problem late Wednesday afternoon, after all county offices closed, so there's not been an opportunity to ask the county what, if anything, can be done. With tomorrow being a holiday, we will make sure to follow up on Friday and let you know what happens.
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