A Florida Highway Patrol cruiser caught in the wrath of Hurricane Ian, was pulled from the flood waters in Hardee County caused by Hurricane Ian.
According to police, on Thursday night, Sept. 29, the trooper was in the car when the road washed out.
Police say the trooper was able to escape through the window and swim to a tree and radio for help.
Thankfully, the trooper was unharmed.
Ocala Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office pulled a Florida Highway Patrol car from flood waters in Hardee County.
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On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in Hardee County, visiting the town of Wauchula to give updates on the response effort and to survey impacted areas in Hardee County.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has deployed a Mobile Command Unit (MCU) to Hardee County to assist the County Emergency Operations Center with its efforts.
Additionally, Governor DeSantis announced that Starlink units would be distributed to impacted counties in order to help families connect with their loved ones and to help first responders and EOCs communicate when in the field. Hardee County received three Starlink units to help connect the county.
Since recovery efforts began, 1,500 accounts, nearly 12% of accounts, have had power restored in Hardee County, after the entire county, over 12,000 accounts, lost power during the storm.
Additionally, the Florida National Guard has established a point of distribution in Hardee County to supply impacted residents with food and water, located at 611 South 6th Avenue, Wauchula, Florida 33873.
The Florida Highway Patrol has deployed a mobile kitchen to feed first responders in Hardee County. Currently, there is a Regional Recovery Coordinator deployed to the region to assist with damage assessments.
Hardee County has been approved for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For those in need of individual assistance, you can visit DisasterAssistance.Gov or call 1-800-621-3362.
For Hardee County Residents who are in need of food, supplies, or medicine, Walmart is currently open at: 1480 Highway 17, Wauchula, FL 33873.