Water-Related News

More rain could mean more flooding of Imperial River

BONITA SPRINGS – A kayaker with a lifetime of experience on the Imperial River, Aaron Thomas, is shocked by the river's condition.

“It was quite shocking- I've never seen the river in this condition ever,” said Thomas.

When he went out on the river on Wednesday, propane tanks, styrofoam, and insulation decimated the usually serene scenery.

The debris is all coming from trailers that were torn apart by Hurrican Irma. It's getting caught on downed trees and debris already in the river.

“What ends up happening is, it dams up and then seeps around the sides. We counted at least eight of these choke points just in that upper part of the river,” said Thomas.

Although the river level has been receding, future rain could fill it right back up.

“We just don't need any more rain right now, please,” pleaded nearby resident Mike Bode.

Eighteen days after the hurricane, and there’s still floodwater on Rue De Paix Street.

Neighbors there, like Bode, are keeping a close eye on this weekends forecast.