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Tropical Storm Eta brings flooding to Fort Myers Beach

Posted at 11:47 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 23:47:09-05

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta brought flooding to Fort Myers Beach.

Crescent Street became flooded from 5th Street, extending past 3rd Street.

“I was told to expect some winds and stuff, but I never dreamed of anything like this,” said Valeria Tostige, who is visiting Fort Myers Beach.

Tostige says the flooding began around 9 in the morning Wednesday.

“I never experienced anything like this, so it’s exciting," said Tostige. "When you live by the water, you got to take the good and the bad.”

She, along with her friend Linda Gardner arrived on the island on Tuesday from Michigan.

Both thinking the worst of Tropical Storm Eta had passed.

“Oh, we got up, and it was flooded bad,” said Gardner.

Flooding along Crescent Street reached just below the knee level in some areas.

Gardner says, luckily, the water did not get inside their rental.

“Canoes were going down the canal untied, and she was out there tying them up; she went out three times to tie them up,” said Gardner.

While the storm put a wrench in their plans, they say they’re not letting this storm completely damper their time in Fort Myers Beach.

“We stocked up on some groceries and we’re in for the night,” said Gardner.