Hurricane Ian in Naples: Flooding damages boats, cars, businesses, homes
Jose Ricardo Logo found his business flooded on Thursday after Hurricane Ian’s storm surge and winds caused destruction in Naples, a city on the Gulf of Mexico coast.
NAPLES, Fla. – Jose Ricardo Logo found his business flooded on Thursday after Hurricane Ian’s storm surge and winds caused destruction in Naples.
Logo walked through the receding water in his dining room and kitchen at the Country House Restaurant near the Gordon River. He said his community was devastated.
“We thought Irma was bad. We thought Charlie was bad. This is nothing like I have ever experienced,” Logo, 29, said. “Cars abandoned. Boats are floating everywhere.”
Logo said there were residents who didn’t survive. The Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were searching for residents who need to be rescued.
Also west of the Gordon River and south of Rock Creek, Richard Munoz was assessing the damage at the Second 2 None Auto Center on Davis Boulevard and Commercial Drive.
“Everything kind of destroyed. I mean, computers, a lot of paperwork titles that I have for cars, I had to take them out they are wet,” Munoz said. “Spite of everything, we have our lives and that’s more important.”
Officials reported the hurricane’s 20-foot waves from the Gulf of Mexico destroyed the historic Naples Pier.
Naples remains under a citywide 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
The Collier County Water Division issued a boil-water order.
The Collier County Public Utilities Department asked residents to keep storm debris separate from regular household garbage.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reported the inability to respond to every 911 call will improve due to mutual aid units.
The Collier Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was asking for donations.