No one is happy as the storm surge from Ian pushes tree branches and trash into Cape Coral’s canals and the trash continues to pile up.
In the aftermath of Ian, murky canal water may not seem like the biggest problem anyone will deal with.
So Cape Coral resident Honey Cruz is trying to stay positive and put things in perspective.
“I think surviving with people on city streets is more important than canals,” Cruz said.
But the day Ian wreaked havoc in Southwest Florida was a different story.
“It was like water came in. It rushed in. Then it rushed out.” Our street was like a river,” Cruz said. “I had him only four inches, but unfortunately four inches could be the equivalent of him cutting four feet of the wall of a house.”
Now that the water is back in the canal instead of at home, Cruz is trying to stay positive.
“This street looks clean.
It was only a few days ago, so if there was debris on the road, what would be under the waterway?
“I’m sure the city will look into it,” Cruz said.
All this has already been cleaned up with the help of neighbors. And despite the messy cleanup process, Cruz told his WINK News he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“If it weren’t for the canals, I wouldn’t be living in Cape Coral. I love my canals,” Cruz said.
WINK News has asked the city who exactly is in charge of the canal cleaning process, but has yet to hear back.