CREATED Sep. 18, 2013
NAPLES, Fla. - Frustration is growing in a Naples neighborhood over persistant flooding issues. Residents on Ridge Street said they've been dealing with a flooded street for more than ten years and can't get Collier County to do anything about the problem.
John McLaughlin has lived on Ridge Street for 17 years and said the road gets flooded every time it rains more than two inches.
"Every year during this time of year it gets like this and every year during this time of year we complain and nothing gets done," McLaughlin said. "The feeling I get is that the county doesn't even know we exist."
Neighbors said cars drive down the road at excessive speeds and make the water situation worse by splashing water into yards and into mailboxes.
"I wanted to put up a no-wake sign," said resident Sam Brown.
Stormwater Planning Manager Jerry Kurtz said he wasn't aware of flooding in that area but said he will be looking into the issue. The problem with many of the neighborhoods in that area, he said, is that the stormwater systems were built up to 40 years ago and pose extra challenges for maintaining them.
In the meantime, these neighbors fear what's to come with the next several days of predicted rain.
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