Orange County

2 Orlando lakes flood into each other due to heavy rain from Hurricane Ian

ORLANDO, Fla. — The heavy rains from Hurricane Ian have turned Lake Davis and Lake Cherokee into one large body of water.

The two lakes have merged as water from both joined, making it impossible to tell where one ends and another begins.


Channel 9 reporter Shannon Butler said ducks are swimming easily across what is usually a land barrier between the two, and kayakers and paddle boarders are able to coast by on the roads that usually separate the two bodies of water.

She said luckily the water is not currently reaching any homes in the area.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.