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Flooding continues in East Naples neighborhood

Residents say weather isn't a factor
Posted at 10:38 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 22:38:42-04
Along Auto Ranch Road, walking has turned into wading.
 
"The canal that goes nowhere," said longtime resident Dave Dunn said of his street.
 
Dunn would know, he navigated the community with a canoe after heavy rains flooded the neighborhood in late August.
 
He says Gargiulo Farms and 6L Farms are causing the latest round of floods, by pumping water into the neighborhood.
 
"You can hear the diesel engines at night," said Dunn.
 
We left messages with 6L and Gargiulo but haven't heard back from them.
Dunn says it's been this way for a week, even with almost no rainfall.
 
"I'm more concerned about the kids and the school buses, the yahoos who fly up and down the road, that's their business," said Dunn.
 
Buses have been letting kids off at the intersection of U.S. 41 instead of in the neighborhood.
 
Lely High 9th grader Matthew Smith has been slogging home the past couple days through ankle deep water.
 
"The bus driver was saying she wasn't allowed and doesn't like to go down there when it's flooded," said Smith.
 
With the potential for rain in the forecast and little help from the county or private sector, you would think Dunn has lost faith.
 
"Like I said to you I know I'm protected by the Indians buried on Indian Hill, I believe that and I like it."
 
Residents say the county has tried to fix the problem on Auto Ranch Road by clearing out culverts, but it hasn't done much good.