North Port sees ‘concerning levels’ of flooding following Hurricane Elsa

Sarasota County

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – The city of North Port is seeing concerning levels of flooding after Hurricane Elsa brought a significant amount of rain.

The city is asking residents in areas prone to flooding to consider voluntary evacuations as quickly as possible. Officials said many roads in impacted areas won’t be passable. The city has already had to make a few calls for service using high water vehicles.

North Port could see a significant rise in levels over the next 72 hours, city officials said. With water in some areas reaching as high as two feet overnight, and some roads have nearly four feet of water on top of them.

With city officials saying the water could come at a level not seen in decades. Josh Taylor with the City of North Port explains — the water is currently threatening hundreds of homes.

“We’re looking at about upwards of three hundred homes that could potentially see some water intrusion but we don’t know. we don’t have a crystal ball,” Taylor said.

Taylor explains all of the stormwater that hit Myakka City and other rural areas further north is making its way south.

Debra Wilke tells 8 On Your Side her main concern is her two horses. She can’t wait for the water to get too high to get them to safety. Right now the drainage ditch adjacent to her property — looks more like a raging mountain stream.

“I’m going to watch this here. I just took pictures of this and I’m going to watch this and if this gets any higher I’m going to move my horses out,” Wilke said,

The City of North Port and regional partners with Sarasota County have opened a shelter for residents looking for a dry place away from rising floodwaters.

Joe Frederick tells 8 On Your Side he’s also staying put for now.

“Right now, I’m not concerned.  A couple of years ago, we had the hurricane around here, it was higher than it is today,” Frederick adding, “We have all of our food, water, medication, we’ve got everything.”

Any residents who have concerns about the flooding can call (941) 429-7169.

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