Canal flooding due to storm surge is a concern for Cape Coral residents

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Every time a storm hits near Cape Coral, it threatens to flood the canal and cause serious problems.

Canals can flood if a storm hits north of Cape Coral. In that case, it is essential to prepare your home and yourself.

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

The Wink News spoke with Cape Coral Fire Chief Ryan Lamb, who said the city would take precautionary measures if the hurricane made landfall.

He encourages residents to take some time to not only plan, but to assess their personal risks.

“If something like this happens, the city will take steps like removing the grate and lowering the wires to allow the water to drain faster. It’s about intensity, so when you have a lot of it in a short time, you see a lot of that flooding, but if it rains a lot, it’s raining all day, it’s not that bad. We’re going to take action here as a city to get our roads and systems ready so we can get as much water out as quickly as possible,” Lam said.

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

Southwestern Florida folks are looking for all sorts of things to prepare for the storm this weekend: water, batteries, non-perishable food, and more.

WINK News visited Target, Publix and Walmart stores to talk to people about how prepared they are when a hurricane hits.

Some say they are not ready, while others feel they are as ready as they can be.

“It’s the water, not the wind. If you’re in the lowlands, you better get out because Irma was there. I was in a two-story condo and the water came up. The storm surge was in our laps.” We went up to the top and almost flooded the cars in the carport.

For many people unfamiliar with the area, this will be their first hurricane, but everyone WINK News has spoken to hopes the storm will pass. Canal flooding due to storm surge is a concern for Cape Coral residents

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