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WHERE'S THE RELIEF? Cape Coral neighborhood tired of flooding

Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-14 18:21:35-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Daily rain storms over the 900 block of Santa Barbara Blvd. North in Cape Coral continue to plague homeowners with severe flooding.

The City of Cape Coral said the issue is due to incorrect swale elevations and clusters of invasive trees.

On Tuesday, the project for swale restoration and removal of approximately 80 invasive trees would allow the city to strengthen and protect homes.

Jeniffer Sperry lives in that area and said that sometimes flooding from the rain can cover the entire road, causing accidents.

“A lot of bumpers in my front yard. I pull out a lot of bumpers. Last year it was probably about a dozen bumpers,” said Sperry.

Courtesy: Jennifer Sperry

The proposed project will need to be approved at the Cape Coral City Council meeting on November 15.

“We have had it where you can’t even see the median literally you could have taken a kayak down the road," said Sperry.

On Tuesday, despite a dryer rain season in Cape Coral, Sperry said looming dark clouds have her hoping a solution will come soon.

“And sometime after it clears up and we get more rain–it floods again,” said Sperry.