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As storm looms, Naples flooding concerns grow de

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 23:23:38-04

A tropical disturbance is looming in the gulf and could pose a rain threat for Southwest Florida. For one Naples neighborhood, that spells trouble.

"I come home one day and the dog was swimming in the yard," said Bruce Spencer.

Spencer lives at the corner of Karen Drive and Bayshore Drive in South Naples. Tales of flooding in this neighborhood are common, even during routine showers.

"I caught a catfish right here in my front yard," said Marshall Smith, who lives next door to Spencer.

4 In Your Corner was there in 2014 when standing water attracted a variety of marine life along Karen Drive.

Spencer says he's sees 5 to 6 inches of rain in his backyard. He hauls in dirt to solve the problem.

"The dirt is to keep the water from coming into my yard," he said.

Spencer also had to reinforce his home with cement to prevent water from flowing under it. A lot of work for someone in his 60's.

"You gotta do what you got to do whatever you have to do to take care of your house."

The Collier County Growth Management Division is aware of the issue. Spokesperson Connie Deane says Karen Drive is prone to flooding because it is in a low lying area.

Deane says residents should clear their storm drains of any debris, even children's toys can clog these drains.

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