CREATED Jul. 15, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Flooding problems continue to grow on Auto Ranch Road in South Collier County.
"About 6 weeks ago it started raining pretty heavy and it has been a flood ever since." Resident Kevin Brown said.
Kevin Brown said he moved to his Auto Ranch Road home for the peace, quiet and plenty of space. But said he didn't expect his property to be surrounded by swamp.
" If you walk through there is about 18 inches deep of water. We've got water all the way around the house and our driveway is 12-15 inches deep in water just to get out of here." Brown said.
Other neighbors living on Auto Ranch Road said they face the same issue trying to get to and from their homes. After this weekend's rains, they said water is nearly up to their knees. Neighbors said the standing water brings in un-welcomed visitors.
" There was a huge alligator on the side of the road, it was probably a 5 or 6 footer." Neighbor Raquel Pines said.
Fish have also been spotted swimming in the street. But, neighbors said that is the least of their worries.
"Immediate concerns is health reasons. Last night, I went to bed early because I had a scratchy throat I don't know if it's from the standing water and mold and mildew." Neighbor Kevin Brown said.
When FOX4 reached out to a county spokeswoman last week, she said the road sits on a low lying area that is prone to flooding and would look into it. FOX4 reached out again Monday and was told the issue had been forwarded to county code enforcement. Neighbors said without the county's help, the problem won't dry up anytime soon.
"Any little rain accumulates flooding on this street. It could be the tiniest little shower and it all gathers on this street." Pines said.