Sanibel feels effects of Tropical Storm Sally

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard Writer: Drew Hill
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Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Sally swept across Southwest Florida. A Tornado Warning was even issued Sunday evening. Sanibel and Captiva islands were some of the harder-hit areas with flooding along and in the streets. Many neighbors were worried about how wild weather could damage their property.

That is currently Chris Widman’s number one concern. Water essentially covered his driveway and, not too long ago, made its way into his garage.

There were patches in his yard where the water came up to his knees. Widman is concerned that if rain like this continues, his house will flood.

“It’s shocking,” Widman said. “I’ve never seen the water rise so fast, and yesterday it was a little high but it kept rising and rising. And I don’t know how, I don’t know when it’s going to stop and the rain just keeps coming and coming.”

It isn’t just driveways covered in water but so are many of the roads on Sanibel. The city is advising people to stay off the roadways until the rain stops and the flooding subsides.

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