City of North Port warns of standing water problems

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(North Port, FL)-Several streets are underwater inside the City of North Port due to the Myakkahatchee Creek's rising water levels and recent rains the region has received. City officials continue to monitor local water levels.

The Myakkahatchee Creek rose 1.08 feet in the past 24 hours. There are currently three neighborhoods with standing water, including neighborhoods south of Interstate 75 and west of Sumter Boulevard; north of Interstate 75 and west of Sumter Boulevard; and north of Interstate 75 and west of the Myakkahatchee Creek.

At this time, 29 streets are affected and have barricades with "high water" signage on them. Staff continues to watch Estates Drive at Tidewell Street and the Woodlands Estates entrance on Tropicaire Boulevard at Van Camp Street. The capacity of the drainage system is still working properly for the City's current conditions.

Residents are encouraged not to drive down streets that are underwater. Standing water on roadways can hide deep potholes or roadway edges, and moving water more than six-inches deep can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle.

Staff will continue to monitor water levels. Those residents living in the neighborhoods affected have been contacted and have been encouraged to monitor the local weather and the City's website for updates. North Port also will release an emergency notification to those homes via its CodeRED phone call system if there is a need to evacuate homes that are affected.