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From the deluge

August 30, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor (jsalmond@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Most of Fort Myers Beach residents were stuck indoors this weekend as they outermost bands of Hurricane Harvey swept over Southwest Florida.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fort Myers Beach received approximately 6 to 10 inches of rain from Monday, Aug. 21 to Monday, Aug 28.

As water levels rose, some residents grabbed sandbags from the Fort Myers Beach Fire District just in case. Heather Lodovico, an island resident, said she had them ready all weekend. Her property ended up being safe, but it was the worst she's seen in flood in the past three years, she said. Her street, Washington, was still flooded by Monday.

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Mandalay and Bayside Road was still largely underwater Monday morning, although most of the island other flooded areas had receded. Photo by Jessica Salmond.

Suzy Katts said her street was still flooded by Monday morning, too - like Washington Street, Madison Court is a frequent flooder. Residents frequently call it "Lake Madison Court" after a storm as runoff pools in the street and back yards.

Lee County Schools cancelled school Monday due to the widespread flooding throughout the county.

 
 

 

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