Flooding in North Fort Myers makes life difficult

Gabrielle Sarann

Photo: Video by fox4now.com

Flooding in North Fort Myers makes life difficult

CREATED Sep. 2, 2013

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -  Some areas of North Fort Myers are picking up more than four inches of rain, on top of several inches that fell over the weekend. It's leading to serious flooding in some neighborhoods. 

People living there say this is the worst flooding they've seen since Hurricane Charlie. A big difference is the county fixed the problem because it was declared a state of emergency.

Off county-owned Rich Road, are private ones. Best described this time of year as, "You almost need a boat to get to the road and to the house," said Larry Cutler.

Cutler's home on Dosonte Lane isn't easy to access. His street and driveway are overwhelmed with water. It's forcing he and his wife to share the truck to get to work. 

"It's an inconvenience," said Cutler. "A big inconvenience, when you need to be in two different spots."

Many of the roads are flooded from about six inches of rain over the weekend that doesn't appear to be draining. 

"We've got a water problem," added Cutler. "We can't get it to go anywhere."

The Fox 4 live truck could barely make it down the street. Imagine the difficulty a small car would have?

Just ask Jim Hardin. He was dropping his car off at his mother's in case the roads worsen. 

"I don't know if I'm going to have an income, if i were to get my personal vehicle stuck," Hardin explained.

Residents are ready for the rain to stop. But when it does, fixing the problem is theirs.

"We'll have to get out there with our tractors and try to readdress the routes so it is passable," said Cutler.

It's the downfall of buying on a street not covered by the county. 

"We just grit our teeth and bear it around here," said Cutler.

Neighbors question if the flooding appears worse than during Hurricane Charlie, why the county won't declare a state of emergency to fix it.