Floodwaters rising in Arcadia neighborhood

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ARCADIA, Fla. – A Desoto County neighborhood near Gator Trail is dealing with nearly four-feet deep of floodwater and are working on preparing their homes for the worst.

Ted Wentzel and his family took matters into their own hands this morning when their daughter called saying the water was seeping into her home.

“Just trying to keep the water out for right now,” Ryan Spencer said.

The moat turned out to be about six feet deep and seven feet wide. They were able to pump water out of the home by day’s end. With Erika dissipating, neighbors say they didn’t think the flood would get this bad.

“The only thing we’re worried about is more rain. If we don’t get anymore rain we’re alright.”

Water was as high as four feet in some areas, turning yards into lakes and roads into rivers. Neighbors say this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in years, but everyone has been willing to help each other out from digging moats to moving furniture to higher ground.

“They’ve all been really good about helping out and stuff. They’ve all been up and down the road working on getting things moved and asking if anybody needed help and helping move things in and out,” Michelle Crispin said.
“No sense in getting down about it. It is what it is,” Spencer said.
The Red Cross was out in the neighborhood helping direct traffic. No mandatory evacuations have been put in place.

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