CREATED Jul. 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 12, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-Residents in one Collier County neighborhood worried about a heavily traveled road drowned in floodwater.
Alligators, fish and thick swamp have covered parts of Auto Ranch Road in South Collier County. Neighbors said the standing water has been sitting for nearly two months.
" It is a foot off the road, there's algae growing all over the road, it attracts fish I've seen fish swimming sideways over the road." Joshua Pines said.
Raquel Pines has lived on Auto Ranch Road for two decades but said for the past five years, she has been fighting a losing battle with flood-waters.
" When we get those bad rains the water is up to our door jams if you go in a regular car." Pines said.
"My last vehicle stalled out in the puddle, I had to have it towed back home." Pines said.
Pines said she's forced to drive two, brand new vehicles through the dark and dirty water. Other neighbors said the big puddle is becoming pricey.
" I got water in my fog lights from coming through because the water is so deep it is just nasty, it stinks when you go through. Especially with a white car it stains your car." Josh Sayers said.
Residents said the pain has turned into an even bigger problem.
" I cannot get out of my road in case of an emergency, I can't drive my car down the road." Raquel Pines said.
Raquel Pines said she's reached out to the county several times and said workers have come out to look at the road but have only put out caution signs.
Fox4 reached out to a Collier County Spokesperson who said Auto Ranch Road sits on a low lying area and is prone to flooding and would look into the issue.
Residents living in the area said something needs to be done soon before it is too late.
"That kind of stuff attracts alligators, there are kids that come up and down this street and think it is fun to play in the water and one of them is going to get hurt." Joshua Pines said.