Ohio family uses boat to flee Fort Myers home at height of hurricane Ian

ohio family uses boat to flee fort myers home at height of hurricane ian

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Hurricane Ian has displaced tens of thousands, including many who grew up in Cincinnati, but now live in Fort Myers.

“Everything I own is in that SUV,” said Krista Condon as she pointed out the few possessions her family has left. “My daughter, my youngest, has cerebral palsy. So, she has her pillow and her blanket. Thank God I remember that.”

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The Condon family had to drive for two hours to find a hotel where they could stay.

They live a few miles off the coast in Fort Myers and didn’t expect the storm surge to be as deep as it was that far away.

“When the storm surge hit, it was so fast. Within an hour, my house is four feet off the ground, within an hour the water was inside of my house,” Condon said.

Her husband had to wade in water up to his chest to get their Jon Boat. He floated it to the front door for the rest of the family to evacuate.

“I had to get all three kids thrown in. I got a duffel bag with a couple outfits each, and I got my dog, and we threw them in the boat, and we just took off up the street,” Condon said.

The hurricane was in full force as the family rode the boat to land above water.

“It stayed between 100 and 150 mile-an-hour winds the whole time. I mean, the whole time we were on the boat, we were just watching stuff fly and it was it was very, very, very scary,” Condon said.

Friends set up a GoFundMe page for the Condon family as they try to determine what they do next.

“I don’t even know yet. That’s why I’m trying, I’m hoping, after another week or so, I can maybe find a hotel that’s closer to my work and their school,” Condon said.

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