Flooding plagues Fort Myers, south Lee County areas, RV resort evacuated – The News-Press
Flooding forces evacuation at RV resort, inundates roads Video by Michael Braun
Manufactured homes are surrounded by water that overflowed a nearby drainage swale and 10 Mile Canal, which abuts the resort.(Photo: Michael Braun/The News-Press)
Residents of an RV park in south Fort Myers were evacuated as a canal that flows alongside the facility overflowed its banks.
Those living in manufactured homes, trailer RVs and drivable RVs were told to leave the Wilder RV Resort on U.S. 41 about a quarter-mile north of Alico Road on Saturday.
10 Mile Canal collects water from points north into Fort Myers and east to Southwest Florida International Airport.
Donnie and Kristie Troyer said they had moved here from Wooster, Ohio, six months ago and were now living in a motel.
Kristie Troyer said the couple was one of only a few people living at the resort.
“It’s the bare minimum,” she said, adding that more residents would be headed to the park in a month or two when season starts.
“We were told to leave Saturday afternoon,” she said, when it became evident that Ten-Mile Canal, which abuts the RV park, was overflowing its banks. A drainage swale that also flows through the park after crossing under 41 was also adding copious amounts of rain-fed water to the park’s interior.
She added that