North Port sees concerning levels of flooding after Elsa brings large amount of rain
NORTH PORT, Fla. – North Port is seeing concerning levels of flooding after Hurricane Elsa brought a significant amount of rain to the city.
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.
City officials said the Emergency Operation Center is still actively watching flooding impacts as a result of the storm. Waters in the city and the thousands of mostly undeveloped acres to the north are traveling south through the city to ultimately exit into Charlotte Harbor.
North Port could see a significant rise in levels over the next 72 hours, city officials said. Water in some areas has come up two feet overnight, and some roads have nearly four feet of water on top of them.
The areas with already rising water and most likely to be impacted are those in the North Port Estates area and those along the Myakkahatchee Creek Corridor. City officials confirmed Public Works has exhausted all available resources to relieve pressure from the system, but it is a capacity issue.
North Port officials are working with Sarasota County Emergency Operations to open an evacuation center.
Any residents who have concerns about the flooding can call (941) 429-7169.
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