WINK News had few floods around Charlotte County and the surrounding area, but there were some large trees that were uprooted and split by strong winds.
Some of the trees that were logged overnight on Wednesday survived many strong storms.
Elsa’s damage is not comparable to Hurricane Charlie, but the tree that survived Category 4 Charlie in 2014 broke in half during a strong wind from Elsa.
Among those who sighed with relief after Elsa was Scott Ellingwood of Port Charlotte.
“I’m happy that no one has been injured and the damage isn’t that great,” he said.
His son Zane survived the storm at Charlotte Harbor.
“I was worried that my son was on the boat. We were in touch through the text.”
Most of the water stayed in the harbor, but not all. Some streets in the historic center were closed after the flood, but then reopened.
Lisa Kelly Thorne of Punta Gorda Isles said:
Floods are not a problem on county roads, but you can see that there is a lot of water in them. Swales did their job by catching most of the rainfall.
“I think when they get clogged, the storm will be drained and flooded,” Kelly Thorne said.
I saw the crew remove the fallen trees and restore the power lines.
“I hope this will be the last hurricane of the season,” Ellingwood said.
Swales works in Charlotte County when Elsa drops a bucket of rain
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