Bonita Springs flooding fears continue as residents brace for rain

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 09:20:48-04

BONITA SPRINGS -- Residents on Lake Shalimar Drive in Bonita Springs are bracing for more flooding with heavy rainfall expected Sunday afternoon.

The neighborhood is about 11 inches deep in water on the street and has caused many residents to leave their cars parked near the entrance in order to avoid damage to their cars. The area has already been flooded twice in the past five weeks. The first came during the nearly 20 inches of rainfall before Hurricane Irma and then again once the storm hit.

"This is still a catastrophic way of living. We still have not recovered from the Hurricane," explains Laura Kaman, resident of Lake Shalimar Drive. "I went to the meeting with Mayor Simmons, but again no one has showed up and no one has added any true help."

Some residents have resorted to renting water pumps to try to push out the water from the street. But others say they oppose the idea of getting pumps for the neighborhood, simply because there is no where for the water to go.

"I don't think pumps are the answer," said resident Maxwell Lees. "It;s just kind of like a giant waiting game. That's just how it is with any disaster situation. So honestly, I think people just need to stay tight and be patient."

Residents say they are growing frustrated. 4 in your corner will be following up with officials on Monday to see what is being done to help the situation.

"If it rains like how I believe it was last night or a couple nights ago," Lees argued. " I mean we're going to have another issue. It's not going to go down ever."