The US Coast Guard is organizing a “water operation” to rescue residents of Pine Island, Florida, who were cut off from the mainland when Hurricane Ian destroyed its only bridge.
Paramedics and volunteers have already removed some of those stranded there but are asking remaining residents to come to the Pine Island Fire Department on Sunday.
You will be trucked to the Yucatan Waterfront and then transported by boat across the Matlacha Pass.
Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, suffered some of the worst damage from Hurricane Ian along with the rest of Lee County.
Residents described the horror of being trapped in their homes on the island as water levels rose to 10 feet in some areas, causing ripples on the streets.
Many people who stayed during the storm expected to die, and one elderly man considered taking his own life if help didn’t arrive soon enough, a neighbor said.
At least 35 people have died in Lee County, nearly half of all who died in Hurricane Ian. An unknown number of people are still missing.
Pine Island’s neighbors, Sanibel and Captiva, suffered a similar fate. The barrier islands were also connected to mainland Florida by only one causeway, which was severed in several places after Ian struck the coast.
All three islands are without electricity and water.
With postal wires
https://nypost.com/2022/10/02/floridians-stranded-on-pine-island-after-ian-cuts-off-road-access/ Floridians stranded on Pine Island after Ian shut down road access