Hurricane Ian floods Naples, damaging boats, cars, businesses and homes

NAPLES, Florida. – Hurricane Ian caused flooding that left abandoned cars and boats scattered all over Naples. Outside help arrived Thursday to respond to 911 calls from stranded people.

Assessing the damage was difficult for José Ricardo Logo who found his business flooded on Thursday. He walked through the receding waters in his dining room and kitchen at the Country House restaurant near the Gordon River.

The family shows how a strong storm surge destroyed their yards and damaged their cars and their home in Naples.

Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann described the city’s damage as catastrophic. Logo said his Paradise Coast community was devastated.

“We thought Irma was bad. We thought Charlie was bad. It’s nothing I’ve ever experienced,” said Logo, 29. “Abandoned cars. Boats are floating everywhere.

This photo provided by Naples Fire Department crews helps rescue a stranded motorist from flooding caused by Hurricane Ian Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in Naples, Fla. (Naples Fire-Rescue Department via AP)

Logo said there were residents who didn’t survive. State officials reported at least seven hurricane-related deaths. The Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were looking for residents in need of rescue.

Also west of the Gordon River and south of Rock Creek, Richard Munoz was assessing damage to the Second 2 None Auto Center on Davis Boulevard and Commercial Drive.

“Everything is kind of destroyed. I mean, the computers, a lot of paperwork titles I have for cars, I had to get them out, they’re wet,” Munoz said. “Despite everything, we have our lives and that’s the most important thing.”

Officials said the hurricane’s 20-foot waves from the Gulf of Mexico destroyed Naples’ historic pier.

Without functioning traffic lights, police instructed drivers to treat intersections as four-way stop signs.

Naples airport remained closed to the public.

Naples firefighters push the fire truck out of the station into waist-deep water after it started smoking.

The storm’s destruction disrupted communications, electricity, water supplies and other services.

Workers were installing temporary cellphone towers and crews were working to restore power to the area.

Naples remains under a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. citywide curfew.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Lee and Collier counties means flooded streets, cash-only shopping, dangerous utility poles and the discovery of boats stuck in unlikely areas.

COLLIER COUNTY NOTICE

  • The water pole Published an order to boil water.
  • The utility service asked residents to keep storm debris separate from regular household trash.
  • The sheriff’s office reported the inability to respond to every 911 call will improve with self-help units. MPs prioritized life-threatening medical emergencies in deep water.

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A mother holding her toddler says staying near the beach in a second-floor apartment as storm surge engulfed her neighborhood was “awful”. She shares videos.
Boats arrived in parking lots after storm surge from Hurricane Ian flooded marinas.

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Torres contributed to this report from Miami.

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