Lee County, Cape Coral prepares for possible storm

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Neighbors in an area of Cape Coral worry about potential flooding with Fred possibly on the way. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Days of heavy afternoon rains are creating a mess for neighbors in Cape Coral and there could be more trouble on the way with Tropical Storm Fred looming.

Neighbors in the 100 block of Tropicana Parkway are worried about future flooding.

They remember during Elsa, a month ago, water nearly reaching their knees. In some cases, it stretched all the way up to their driveways and almost to the doors of cars.

The City of Cape Coral told WINK News that crews will be out on Thursday inspecting and cleaning weirs.

They hope to minimize blockages to prevent flooding.

“I feel like that’s a really smart idea because I know down on Skyline and Trafalgar and Chiquita, it’s really bad so anything they can do, dig that ditch a little deeper or those lines cleared out that really helps,” said Rick Perry of Cape Coral. 

“We were all prepared for the last storm,” Perry said. “I had my daughter that we live with and she was all prepared for the storm and she got water and batteries and flashlights, you name it. Other than that we’re not doing anything to prep the house.”

Lee County sent crews out Wednesday to prepare for potential flooding.

In Lehigh Acres, crews were using a backhoe to dig a ditch near 3rd Street SW and Curtis Avenue.

They hope the new swales will help keep water flow out of the roadway and out of the neighborhood.

The county also did work in Whiskey Creek and St. James City.

As the wait continues for Fred’s possible arrival, the county reminds you to take time to prepare, buy supplies and have a plan.

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