STUART — Residents at the Riverland Mobile Home Park community, in Stuart are already dealing with rising waters Wednesday ahead of Tropicspanl Storm Nicole, which is expected to arrive on the Treasure Coast in the overnight hours as a Category 1 hurricane.
Water covered the road to the dock of the Riverland Mobile Home Park in Stuart.
Roy Lewis, 79, who has lived in the park for 13 years, said he’s never seen water this high in the community before.
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“We probably can advertise in the paper today we’re waterfront,” Lewis said. “Put your boat right in front of your house.”
Before waking up Wednesday, Lewis said he didn’t expect to see the water be so high. Overflow from the St. Lucie River poured over the asphalt in front of his driveway.
He said he’s taking seriously the potential for more flooding and is considering whether to leave Wednesday as the storm approaches Martin County.
“This is more, I think, than we thought it was going to be,” Lewis said. “The lessons from Ian told us ‘you gotta pay attention.’ “
Tom Nolin, who lives in Riverland Mobile Home Park and does maintenance for the community, said he’s bracing for the storm.
“I was hoping yesterday’s track was kind of bringing it up north towards Palm Bay, Vero (Beach),” Nolin said. “This morning’s track didn’t look like that too much, so, you get into a hurricane mode.”