New Englanders pick up pieces in Hurricane Ian aftermath
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Hours after Hurricane Ian ripped a path of destruction throughout the west coast of Florida, residents in Naples, Fort Myers, and other areas are picking up the pieces in the aftermath.
ABC 6 News received videos and pictures from Fort Myers residents with ties to New England, saying their entire neighborhoods are underwater and in the dark.
ABC 6 originally scheduled a Zoom with Carley Peca, a Fort Myers resident who lives with her boyfriend. However, with the storm knocking out power and service for any Zoom or video calls, communication was limited to text.
“The damage is severe. I have never seen anything like this before. My boyfriend and I live on the water in Fort Myers and we were watching the water rise as the minute went on,” said Peca. “Bodies are being found in Fort Myers beach from the hotels that are now in the ocean.”
“The Sanibel bridge is gone, the lighthouse on Sanibel is gone. Fort Myers Beach is gone, our memories are gone. Time to rebuild and come together,” Peca added.