Residents in coastal communities worry about potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Elsa is the first storm this hurricane season and people who live in coastal communities are still bearing the scars from last year’s strong storms.
Eta destroyed residents Liz Burton and Parker Carwile’s home last fall.
“The sea wall was all washed away and so we had to have the backside filled with cement,” Burton said.
“It was a surprise, I don’t want to be surprised again. A tropical storm is still very much a force to be reckoned with,” Carwile said.
Their neighbors in St. James City got hit hard too.
“A whole sort of boat dock just sort of when up and over into the canal,” Burton said.
In Matlacha, the door at the Bridgewater Inn is still not repaired after a sailboat slammed into it last fall.
“I feel like that was a good wake-up call for some other boaters around here,” Zach Catlin said.
Elsa says let the storm rage on as coastal communities can expect at least 2 feet of surge.
“They are all unpredictable they are like snowflakes they are all different. Don’t take it for granted be prepared,” Carwile said.
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