Sanibel businesses cleaning up after effects from storm surge

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SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. -

It's cleanup time for some parts of Sanibel Island after storm surge from Hurricane Michael left significant flooding near some beachfront cottages.

High tide reached 4.5 feet this afternoon in the Gulf. The normal is 2.5 feet.

Unlike Tuesday night, there was no major flooding today.

But the storm surge from Tuesday left cottages and picnic tables along the beach buried under sand debris. Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts own them.

"There isn't much you can do. You know, we thought about sandbags, maybe building it up a little bit to protect ourselves, but the amount of sand that's here, nothing was going to stop it," said Jiri Vilim, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts Engineering Director.

The Mad Hatter, a restaurant also owned by Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, flooded Tuesday night. However, they were able to open for dinner tonight after a 2-hour cleanup this morning.

We've confirmed crews will be out at 7 a.m. tomorrow to clean up the rest of the beach damage.


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