Canals overflowing from storm surge is a concern for Cape Coral residents

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Cape Coral Canal
FILE: Cape Coral canal. (Credit: WINK News)

Anytime a storm hits near Cape Coral, there is a fear that canals will overflow and cause significant issues.

If a storm hits north of Cape Coral, there is a likely chance the canals will overflow. In that case, it’s essential to prepare your home and yourself.

No matter where you live, it’s important to evaluate your situation and decide what is safest for you and your loved ones.

WINK News spoke with Cape Coral Fire Department Chief Ryan Lamb, who said the city would take precautionary measures if a hurricane makes landfall.

He encourages residents not only to have a plan in place but take a minute to evaluate personal risk.

“If we see something like this coming, the city will take steps like removing grates and lowering wires, so we can get that water out quickly. A lot of our issues isn’t about the volume of water, it’s about the intensity. So, a high volume in a short amount of time is where we see a lot of that flooding. But if we get a lot of rain but it’s spread over a whole day, it’s not as bad. So, we take actions here as a city to prepare our roadways and our systems to get as much water out as quickly as we can,” said Lamb.

Whether this is your first hurricane or you’ve lived in the area a while, it’s important to pay attention and have a plan.

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