Multiple roads still flooded, vehicles disabled around Orange, Seminole, Osceola

Officials across Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties are still advising motorists to stay off roadways in the area, many of which are flooded and undriveable.

Tropical Storm Ian, which was downgraded from a hurricane while it passed through Central Florida, has left a wake of flooding that officials have frequently described as unprecedented.

Throughout the tri-county area, multiple vehicles have become disabled due to motorists attempting to cross flooded streets.

In downtown Orlando, video of the high water levels at Lake Eola went viral. Water from the lake, like many others across the area, overflowed onto the sidewalks and streets surrounding the area.

Flooding at Lake Eola as of Friday September 30
Lake Eola overflow spilled onto the sidewalks and roads surrounding the lake
Lake Eola has spilled over onto Robinson Avenue
Robinson Avenue is still partially flooded with overflow from Lake Eola

Much of Ivanhoe Village, which is located just north of downtown Orlando, is underwater due to overflow from Lake Ivanhoe. That includes large stretches of North Orange Avenue, which is situated along the lake.

Multiple cars that tried to traverse the water on that road have become disabled and have been abandoned, including the car in the following photo.

Car stuck on N Orange Avenue in Ivanhoe Village
This car was disabled by high water while trying to travel across North Orange Avenue in Ivanhoe Village

In downtown Orlando, crews worked overnight to replace a downed traffic light that laid across South Orange Avenue.

Downed traffic light on S Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando on September 29
Crews worked overnight to install a new, wired stop-light along S Orange Avenue after it was taken down by Tropical Storm Ian

Osceola and Kissimmee officials have stressed the importance of avoiding all standing water, as it may be deceptively deep. Multiple vehicles around the city and county are currently disabled as a result of the high waters.

Car submerged on Kissimmee roadway
A Jeep is completely submerged on a Kissimmee roadway

Seminole County officials say the situation is no different in their cities, with Winter Springs and Altamonte Springs reporting multiple neighborhoods under water. Vehicles parked on streets and driveways are stranded, and multiple residents have had to be rescued from their homes.

Multiple vehicles submerged in Winter Springs neighborhood
A Winter Springs neighborhood completely submerged while Seminole County Fire Department crews work to rescue residents

If you live in Seminole, Osceola, or Orange County and need emergency assistance to leave your home, call 9-1-1.

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