Florida Flooding: 150 Stranded in Lake Wales


published: 10 October 2011


Officials in central Florida say heavy rain caused portions of a road to wash out, stranding about 150 people in a resort.

Polk County, Florida 01

Polk County deputies use airboats to bring residents to and from thier homes along River Ranch Boulevard after the road was closed due to flooding.

Polk County authorities say the damaged road is the only way in or out of the Westgate River Ranch Resort in Lake Wales.

They are asking residents to stay put for now. No evacuations had been ordered on Monday afternoon. Emergency vehicles were on the scene for anyone who needs help.

Other parts of central Florida were underwater following an unusual storm system over the weekend that dumped as much as 10 inches.

High winds downed power lines along the state’s eastern coast, leaving thousands in Brevard and Volusia counties without electricity. Winds up to 50 mph uprooted some large trees and pushed water over sea walls.


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