Seminole County leaders respond to flooding, damage caused by Ian

At least 1K homes have been impacted by flooding, officials say

Seminole County Emergency Management is beginning the task of assessing the full scope of damage done to the county by Ian.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County Emergency Management is beginning the task of assessing the full scope of damage done to the county by Ian.

The county is reporting record-breaking floods in the neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights, Spring Oaks, and Mockingbird Lane. Over 1,000 homes and counting have been impacted by the flooding, according to a news release.

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“Several roadways are washed out, including SR-46 at I-4. Residents are encouraged not to travel. If you come across flooded roadways, turn around, don’t drown – do not continue to travel through floodwater,” the county said in the release.

Oviedo officials said multiple areas of the city have been experiencing flooding, especially near the Econlockhatchee Rivers.

In a release, Oviedo officials stated that a sandbag operation at 1725 Evans Street will open at 10 a.m. Friday. The release shows Lockwood Boulevard in the area of Riverside Park closed Thursday, and residents of Riverside Park were urged to use southbound Lockwood Boulevard if they needed to leave the area.

Emergency management said there are roughly 1,000,000 cubic yards of debris that need to be cleared, which may take some time to clear.

The county intends to resume curbside garbage collection on Monday, Oct. 3.

Several essential businesses — such as Publix, Walmart, Target and Home Depot — are set to reopen Friday.

County leaders want drivers to be aware that if they come on a traffic signal that is not functioning, then the intersection should be treated as a four-way stop.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.