The Central Florida region has been hit with record floods as a result of Hurricane Ian.
This includes Lake County, where records that had been set almost a century earlier were broken by the storm.
The group that works in the Emergency Operations Center of Lake County has been keeping an eye on the amount of water that is in the St. Johns River near Astor.
This past week, WESH 2 was on location as Hurricane Ian made its way across the area.
Overnight, there was a dramatic increase in the rate at which the water level rose.
Now, the authorities say that residences have been inundated.
Photos taken by a resident of Astor indicated that floodwaters had reached the building in where she works.
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The level of flooding that Hurricane Ian caused in Astor was so severe that it shattered the previous record, which had stood since 1933.
During that time, the river reached a height of 4.62 feet.
Even when Ian carried a greater quantity of water, the river continued to rise.
“The Astor people are known for their toughness and resilience. That means they’ve faced similar challenges in the past. And they maintain a high level of readiness. However, as of this moment, we are not aware of any unmet demands on the part of the population, and overall, things appear to be going rather swimmingly for them “Jim Dickerson, the chief of fire operations for Lake County, remarked.
The fire chief has stated that they are aware of the location of everyone who has chosen to remain in Astor and that emergency services are conducting welfare checks there.
They haven’t heard of any injuries either, but because the floodwaters are still too dangerous, the teams can’t actually enter inside the community at this time.
They have it in their minds to enter the neighbourhood as soon as they determine that it is secure to do so.
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