CREATED Sep. 3, 2013
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County has declared a Local State of Emergency for Skipper Road and Welborn Road in North Fort Myers due to severe flooding. With this declaration, the county can use funds on non-county roads to help rebuild the impassable roads.
"I can't describe the feeling of panic," said homeowner Berma Wright, who woke up to water surrounding her entire home off Matt Road.
Wright said she has lived in her home for eighteen years, and even when Hurricane Charlie hit, she never had flooding like this.
Crews from North Fort Myers Fire Department worked to help Wright place sandbags around her home to prevent more water from getting in her house. Chief Chris Noble said the flooding is from the nine inches of rain that has falled in the last two days.
"The area is very susceptible to sheet flow, so everything that rains to the North of us in Charlotte County, we then within a day or so start to see that sheet flow and that's what we have right now," Noble said.
Several homeowners couldn't drive on their driveways due to flooding. Areas along Nalle Grade Road had signs alerting drivers of standing water on the road.
According to a memo from Lee County, a contractor will be out within the next 24 hours to place gravel on flooded roadways to try to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
Until then, homeowners are left hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
"We're doing our best to just save our house," Wright said.
The North Fort Myers Fire Department will have sandbags available for residents to pick up from the station, located at 2900 Trail Dairy Circle in North Fort Myers.