Homeowners near the banks of the Ten Mile Canal left their homes for the first time after days of severe flooding.
Five days and garage doors just began to open for the first time Thursday.
“The water level was several inches high,” Ken Holland of Lee County said.
Holland lives in the Terraverde community where homes are built on top of garages, but several inches of rain put their belongings in jeopardy.
Only after the water receded enough did neighbors make their way to ground level.
Once inside their garages, everything was soaked. Holland bought brand new bar stools and carpeting that had to be thrown away.
Some things you cannot put a price on. A woman who goes by the name D.D. showed the view from her apartment where the golf course outside her window was completely under water.
A once in a lifetime rain flooded the banks leaving D.D. home for days.
“I had to find out from other people working that life is going on outside,” D.D. said.
Even in the darkest of times, there was still a glimmer of hope. D.D. had almost given up on finding her books and photo album tucked deep in her garage. That was until her boyfriend found the books propped up from the standing water. For once there was good news.
“I’m so glad I get to keep a piece of my history with my children and family. It means a lot right now, so much,” D.D. said.
Those we talked to said they were caretakers for the homes of their seasonal neighbors, so they stayed to make sure everything was alright. They said dozens of garages have yet to be opened.