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Flooding problems in a Fort Myers neighborhood


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Flooding problems in a Fort Myers neighborhood

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED Jul 25, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southwest Florida catching a brief break from the heavy rain we experienced last week. But some neighborhoods still have standing water. They say it's making driving near impossible. 

For the approximately 20 residents living along Richard Road in Fort Myers, think again about getting home without a truck. 

"People drive by with four wheel drive trucks and larger trucks," said Robert Westerman. "But the passenger cars, usually, they have a real tough time."

Westerman has lived there without a problem for 13 years.

"What's it like now?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "It's rough," replied Westerman. "It's really difficult. I've already had to pull my girlfriend out of [a] puddle three times already."

A wet summer flanked by days of consecutive rain has left pools of water everywhere. On the roads, in the grass, even causing some to move their animals. "It's the worst," added Westerman. "It usually doesn't last this long. You don't know what's underneath it."

It's why he and neighbors want to know how to drain the water. Fox 4 reached out to the county for answers. By phone, an official said that because the road is private, the county doesn't maintain it.  

Westerman knows that. "I'm not looking for anybody to take responsibility for this," he said. Westerman and his neighbors pay to maintain the road.

They just want some direction. Westerman and company say they will handle the dirty work.

"If we find that there's a plug ditch someplace along the line and we go empty it out and we have a problem with the owner of that property, i guess that's what it's going to have to be."

The county said it will have more information for Fox 4 on Friday.