Billy's Creek flooding causing frustration

Posted at 6:47 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 18:47:15-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A senior Fort Myers couple says their home was destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Irma because the canal in back of their home does not drain properly.

Masks are required to step foot inside Charles and Eddyth Duncan's home because of growing mold. Almost four feet of water accumulated in the mobile trailer home, indicated by water marks on the walls. "Everything was under water. Nothing is salvageable. In other words, we lost everything," said the couple. 

Their daughter, Patty Glover, says the flooding was so severe because Billy's Creek, which is right behind the home, overflowed. According to Glover, debris has clogged the canal for years. "I believe if they would have dredged it properly and there had been some drainage, my parents would not have gotten four feet of water and lost everything," said Glover. 

After Hurricane Irma, there is even more debris in the canal, blocking water flow. This is worrying residents in the area. Glover called Lee County and the City of Fort Myers to try to get the problem fixed, but says she has not received clear answers. "The City blames the County, and the County blames the City. We just can't get anyone down here," she said.

4 In Your Corner reached out to the Lee County government, and they said the community falls under the City of Fort Myers.

When 4 In Your Corner reached out to the City, a representative said they would look into the inquiry. 

4 In Your Corner will update this story as we continue to push for action.