ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The National Guard and the Orange County Fire Rescue helped evacuate residents at a flooded extended stay hotel off of Lee Road on Thursday.
Hurricane Ian, the fifth strongest to every strike the United States, dumped heavy rain across Central Florida where flooded streets were widespread.
The Guard was able to drive a large transport truck across the flooded InTown Suites Extended Stay Select parking lot to help rescue some of the stranded residents on the first floor, including some with children and special needs, according to a News 6 crew on the scene.
OCFR also walked an inflatable boat across the flooded lot to access the stranded residents. They were able to walk them back across the flooded lot in the boat and into waiting vehicles that transported them to local shelters.
At the time of this report, 75 people have been rescued so far from the flooded hotel.
If you are still in need of a shelter, you can find the nearest one in our county-by-county list.
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