FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Lee County has declared a county-wide state of emergency after days of rain, allowing it to repair roads that flooding has rendered impassible by emergency vehicles.
The News-Press (http://newspr.es/16Cdphy) reports that several back roads in North Fort Myers are under ankle-deep water this week. Because the roads are private, Lee County wouldn't be able to intervene without a declared state of emergency.
As much as 9 inches of rainfall and sheets of water moving south from Sarasota and Charlotte counties created the misery in North Fort Myers.
The state of emergency will last for seven days unless rescinded earlier by county commissioners.
Shelters for humans and large animals may be available.
Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com