CREATED Sep. 25, 2013
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - New flooding means new concerns for a particular neighborhood off of Pine Drop Lane in North Fort Myers.
Residents in one North Fort Myers neighborhood tell Fox 4 that getting out of the house isn't their only concern, they're also worried about potential health issues caused by the standing water.
"Oh I didn't think about going down there, said Henry Zanetti, "I was talking with them on the phone."
For Henry Zanetti it was like a rescue mission. The task at hand?
"That's my granddaughter. I gotta take her too the babysitter," said Zanetti.
That's easier said than done when your street is completely flooded.
"I said I can't make it down to your house. I said you gotta come up to me," said Zanetti.
Thanks to some quick thinking, Zanetti decided to back the car down the street and have the kids and grandchildren meet him halfway.
Zanetti: If I go head first it'd go into the engine.
Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover: And you don't want that to happen!
Zanetti: Not unless the state wants to buy me a new car and I don't think they want to do that.
Zanetti wasn't alone this morning, as residents on Pine Drop Ln in North Fort Myers struggled to leave the house, some by car and others by bike.
Residents on Pine Drop Ln didn't have choice but to get wet because the street is a dead end.
The water was up to 15in deep in some places.
And if the level of the water isn't enough of a concern, some residents are now worried about their health.
"All these houses are on septic, so when that fills up where's the water gonna go," asked one resident.
Residents spoke to Fox 4 and told us that they think septic waste may be seeping into the stagnant water in the street and causing illness.
Some even raised questions as far as asking if the health department would come out to run test.
Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover reached out to the spokeswoman from the Lee County Health Department to get answers.
"We do not test flooded private property or roads because we consider all flood water to be contaminated and recommend avoiding it," said the Lee County Health Department spokeswoman, Diane Holm.
However, there is an option for individual residents to get a particular sample tested.
"Anyone can take water to the Lee County DEP lab and request a bacteria test," said the spokeswoman.
For additional information on how to deal with stagnant flood water or potential contamination of septic waste, visit the Lee County Health Department website at http://www.leechd.com
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