Seminole County

Downtown Sanford residents brace for more flooding from Nicole just after Ian recovery

SANFORD, Fla. — In Seminole County, emergency officials are bracing for more flooding in the wake of Hurricane Nicole.


Some neighborhoods were just drying out from Hurricane Ian.

Emergency Manager Alan Harris said the county does not anticipate that the flooding will be as bad as it was with Ian, but they will be in a moderate flood stage along the St. John’s River in Geneva and Sanford.

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Whitcomb Road in Geneva dried up from Hurricane Ian, but on Thursday, water was back and covering the road.

Harris said they will be closely watching areas like Sanford, where water is already covering Seminole Boulevard.

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Over on Canal Street, people are still cleaning up.

Robert Strader has lived in the area for 22 years. He became known as the water taxi after Ian, as he delivered food and medicine to his neighbors on his boat.

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Strader said he believes that they will get more water and people will have to evacuate if the water gets too high.

The Sanford Pizza company reopened for business last week.

Harris said he hopes that these businesses will not be shut down again.

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Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich,

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

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