September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian brings historic flooding to Orlando, OC Fire Rescue evacuates residents by boat

First responders evacuate residents from the Rio Pinar neighborhood in Orlando.
First responders evacuate residents from the Rio Pinar neighborhood in Orlando.
Photos shared by Orange County Fire Rescue show the first responders using boats to rescue residents from flooded areas of Orlando, including the Rio Pinar neighborhood and the Avante at Orlando nursing home near Lake Baldwin.

The slow-moving storm dumped as much as 20 inches of rain on areas from Orlando to Daytona Beach causing significant flooding in nearly all corners of the Orlando metro. Videos shared on social media show Lake Eola topping its banks and spilling into the streets of downtown Orlando. Interstate ramps along I-4 turned into rivers due to the sheer amount of water Ian dropped on the area. MCO remains closed as the roads leading to the airport are underwater.

Ian has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. The storm's center is currently located on the eastern coast of central Florida. There's still significant amounts of rain expected and  widespread flooding is still a major concern.

The City of Orlando is asking residents to stay off the roadways and to self-evacuate only if their home is flooding. Below you'll find local reports and images of the extent of flooding in Orlando. 
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Hurricane Ian brings historic flooding to Orlando, OC Fire Rescue evacuates residents by boat
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Hurricane Ian brings historic flooding to Orlando, OC Fire Rescue evacuates residents by boat
OC Fire Rescue/Twitter
Hurricane Ian brings historic flooding to Orlando, OC Fire Rescue evacuates residents by boat
OC Fire Rescue/Twitter