State emergency management director visits Manatee neighborhood affected by flood

Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon briefly visited the Centre Lake subdivision Wednesday morning to tour two homes that had flood damage and assess possible steps by the state.

Koon visited Lee County before stopping in Manatee on his way back to the Capitol. Farther south, some of the neighborhoods were still inaccessible, he said.

A low pressure system lingered in Southwest Florida since Aug. 23, covering parts of Manatee County with about 23 inches of rain before crawling up to the Carolinas, according to National Weather Service forecaster Dustin Norman.

Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue crews were called out Saturday evening to help people out of their homes in the Centre Lake subdivision, southwest of the intersection of Tuttle Avenue and 63rd Avenue East.

“Basically, our fire crews were able to wade through that water and get out to those residents for them to gather a few items and then bring them back and arrange transportation away from this incident,” Southern Manatee Hazmat Capt. Mike Bloski said.

Sixty-three homes were affected and 26…

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