Manatee Co. residents use kayak to rescue pets, belongings from flood

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee Co. residents in Centre Lake were forced to evacuate their homes.

This is a deed-restricted development northeast of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and south of state Road 70.

It looks like the canal overflowed into the lake, and then the lake spilled its banks.

Some homes have about 2 feet of water at their doors. That’s causing pools to overflow, too.

Thomas and Kelli Wayne have lived in the Centre Lake for more than 20 years. Now they wait to see the damage inside their house after major flooding happened over the weekend.

“The water just started coming in the sliding glass doors in the back through the front door,” explained Thomas.

Sunday, the neighborhood was evacuated. Almost all driveways underwater, with more water gushing into homes.

“You try and attempt to save whatever you can. But at some point it beats you and at that point you do whatever you can do, so you just get on the couch where it’s dry,” says Kelli.

Another resident named Kim didn’t want to wait to see what shape her house was in.

“I was just looking at everything yesterday crying,” she says.

Her friend brought over a kayak and paddled Kim to her house.

“I said I have a kayak, I’m off today, let’s do it!” says her friend.

Looking inside, Kim shows us how far up the water rose. The waterline stopped at 4 inches up the wall.

She is without power like most residents and calls this devastating for this community

While neighbors like her were able to get inside, others are waiting and hoping what they find isn’t too bad just thankful the things that truly matter are OK.

MORE: Sarasota, Manatee County flooding: Roads closed, sandbags available

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