Ian is long gone, but water levels continue to rise in central Florida


GENEVA, Florida (AP) — Central Florida residents put on fishing waders, boots and bug spray as floods continued to increase on Sunday, even though it’s been four days since the floods. returned home by canoe or kayak. Hurricane Ian tore the state.

The water flooded homes and streets that were passable only a day or two ago.

Ben Bertat, near Lake Harney near North Jungle Street in the Seminole County countryside north of Orlando, soaked 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water after kayaking home Sunday morning. I found. Just a day ago there was no water.

“All this water has to flow into the lake, which will make things worse,” Bertat said, pointing to the water flooding the road. “When the ground becomes saturated, all this swamp will fill up with water and can’t accept any more water. It doesn’t look like it’s going down.”

Gabriel Madrang kayaked through 3 feet (1 meter) of water on the street of his home, carrying sandbags to hold back 2 inches (5 cm) of water before entering the house.

“My house is closer to the water,” Madrang said before paddling to his house on Sunday morning.

Two hours later, his house was still not flooded, and more sandbags had been collected covering the back of the house.

“Let’s see what happens,” he said.

The streets of Madlang are in a flood zone, and while most of the residents with mortgages on the streets of about 30 houses had flood insurance, some who had lived there for decades Madling said he had no insurance.

Seminole County officials warned residents this weekend that flooding could last for several days, especially in areas near the St. said.

“Even if the rain stops, flooding is still possible,” Alan Harris, director of the Seminole Emergency Management Office, said in a news briefing.

Despite many hurricanes, Tara Casel said the streets near Lake Harney had never flooded like they did on Sunday morning. She and her husband used a canoe to get to the house, but were afraid there would be water.

“We were here last night and it was pretty bad,” she said. “But it looks worse this morning.”


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the resident’s surname to be Madlang instead of Madling.


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