orange county, florida – Nearly a month after Hurricane Ian, people in Oruro Vista are still cleaning up the debris.
“The day I opened the door, it was up to my waist. We were flooded and we were stuck,” said Oruro Vista resident Wanozera Thomas.
That was almost a month ago when Thomas said her home and many other homes in Oro Vista were flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Since then, she said she spends every night cleaning up her house, but she’s made little progress.
“I pretty much organize what I can. I’m trying to organize it and get my head straight,” she said.
Clothes and trash fill her garden.
Fox 35 News was there two weeks ago. A video of the time shows more debris. Thomas said a lot of the crew had come to clean up, but she said they hadn’t been there since last week.
Debris is a familiar sight, and many of her neighbors at Hope Circle in Orlando are dealing with the same thing. Mattresses, dressers and trash are still awaiting collection.
“There are a lot of people who don’t live here but come to see the debris. It’s overwhelming. It really is,” Thomas said.
Mr. Thomas said he couldn’t stay home last month. Many other people on her street are in the same situation.