A big part of a causeway connecting an island in southwestern Florida to the mainland collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving anybody who didn’t evacuate stranded, as Hurricane Ian left a path of devastation via the state Wednesday.
Roughly 50 to 65 toes of the Sanibel Causeway collapsed as Hurricane Ian roared via southwest Florida on Wednesday, NBC affiliate WBBH reported Thursday morning, because the destruction left behind by Ian comes into focus.
The splitting of the bridge cuts off entry to the island of roughly 6,700 folks and the place it stays unclear how many individuals didn’t evacuate forward of the storm.
Sanibel Mayor Holly Smith evacuated from her island neighborhood Tuesday evening, figuring out it could possibly be hit by a storm surge.
Smith stated noon Wednesday that she hoped that the Sanibel Causeway, the one path to and from her island, would survive Ian’s destruction.
However not all of Sanibel’s residents evacuated, the mayor stated.
“I want it was [fully evacuated]. No, it’s not,” Smith stated. “I’m conscious of quite a few people that determined to remain on the island.”
“That’s my principal concern proper now’s their security,” she added. “I’ve been in contact with as a lot of them as I might be, and that’s a really troublesome place to be in when I’m sitting 15 miles away and figuring out that a variety of my citizenry is perhaps in hurt’s method.”