Water-Related News

Southwest Florida sees bone dry conditions with little relief in sight

Just being outside you can feel how dry it is, and you can see it too. This is what fire officials say could be dangerous.

Thomas Piscione and his wife walk around an East Naples lake almost everyday.

“We’ve never seen this lake this low before,” Piscione said, “There’s such bad drought conditions now that the water level is well below where it should be.”

The lake is so low you can actually see the spawning holes fish create, which are usually under water.

It just shows how little rain we’ve gotten. Fire crews even say it’s currently the driest county in the state right now.

Andrew Marfongella, deputy fire marshall for North Collier Fire said, “When we’re in a drought, the ground is not as moist and not as wet as it normally is.”

Which makes it easier for fires to start and spread.

Last month, Naples got just over an inch of rain, slightly more than it saw last year and below the normal amount of two inches.