Officials swamped by calls of flooding in Golden Gate Estates

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Rainwater from recent storms flood a front yard on White Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates on Oct. 31, 2011. Weekend rainfall totals in some areas of Golden Gate Estates reached more than eight inches.

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Greg Kahn/Staff Rainwater from recent storms flood a front yard on White Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates on Oct. 31, 2011. Weekend rainfall totals in some areas of Golden Gate Estates reached more than eight inches.

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System lowers water in Golden Gate Estates.

— The local arm of the South Florida Water Management District is fielding flooding questions today from Golden Gate Estates residents.

"We're getting a fair amount of calls today," Big Cypress Basin spokeswoman Lisa Koehler said.

Basin directors have scheduled a press conference for 1:30 this afternoon to discuss the situation. She said there are reports of yards and roads underwater but no water inside homes.

Crews are out checking weirs and looking for blockages, but the flooding appears to be caused by the rural drainage system not being able to keep up with the cumulative effect of rains this weekend on top of a rainy October, she said.

"It's going to take some time (for the floodwaters to recede)," she said.

Maps prepared by the Basin show almost 6 inches of rain fell since Friday at the fire station along Golden Gate Boulevard.

Other rainfall totals are 8.3 inches at Interstate 75 and State Road 29, 6.3 inches at Marco Island and 5.4 inches in North Naples, according to the Basin.

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