Water-Related News

How officials plan to curb flooding in Bonita Springs

The memory of recent flooding in Bonita Springs continues to flow through the minds of families as they pick up the pieces left by Hurricane Irma, and still deal with floodwater.

“After two, three days it was up to the knee, but after the storm hit it was up to the hip,” said Bonita Springs resident Jesus Cases.

The water was still high enough on Tuesday to cover roads in some Bonita neighborhoods.

Phil Flood with the South Florida Water Managment District said while August’s rainfall played a factor in the flooding, “the ground was saturated so we didn’t get that storage in the ground we normally would see."

The Imperial River's watershed is 300 square miles. It stretches all the way to Immokalee. That means all of the water in that area uses the river to flow into the gulf.