Ian is long gone but water keeps rising in central Florida

GENEVA, Fla. (AP) -- Residents in central Florida donned waders, boots and bug spray and canoeed or kayaked to their homes on streets where flood waters continued to rise on Sunday, despite being four days since Hurricane Ian passed through the state was torn.
The water flooded houses and streets that had been passable only a day or two before.
Ben Bertat found four inches of water at his home on Lake Harney near North Jungle Street in rural Seminole County north of Orlando after kayaking there Sunday morning. Only a day before there had been no water.
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"I think it's going to get worse because all the water has to go to the lake," Bertat said, pointing to the water flooding the street. "With soil saturation, this whole swamp is full and just can't hold any more water. It doesn't look like it's going to get any deeper than that."
Gabriel Madling kayaked through 3 feet (1 meter) of water on his street and provided sandbags to repel water that was 5 centimeters from entering his home.
"My home is almost under water," Madling said Sunday morning before paddling to his home. "Right now I'm just going to play sandbag as much as I can and hope and pray."
Two hours later his house still hadn't flooded and he got more sandbags to cover the back of the house.
"We'll see what happens," he said.
Madling's street was in a flood zone, and most residents with mortgages on the street of about 30 homes had flood insurance, but some of the residents who had lived there for decades didn't, Madling said.
Seminole County officials warned residents this weekend that the flooding could last for several days, particularly in areas near the St. Johns River and its tributaries, and said 1,200 residents were affected by the flooding or other damage from Ian .
"Even though the rain has stopped, we still have the potential for more flooding," Alan Harris, director of Seminole's Office of Emergency Management, said at a news conference.
Tara Casel has never seen her road near Lake Harney flooded like it did Sunday morning, despite having endured multiple hurricanes. She and her husband used a canoe to get to their home, fearing there would be water.
"We stayed here last night and it was pretty bad," she said. "But this morning it looks worse."
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