Survivors of Hurricane Ian Share Tragic Stories: “I Think We’re About to Drown”

Hurricane Ian changed everything for Cecilia Donald’s family – their furniture, their home, and their lives.

His Fort Myers, Florida, home was flooded on Wednesday night, leading him to believe he couldn’t make it out alive.

“We went to the counter first and then I said to my husband, ‘I think we’re going to drown,'” she said.

They were so unsure of their existence that, at one point, Donald and her husband considered tying themselves together so that no one would wash.

“But I can’t find the rope,” she said.

Donald’s daughter feared the most. They hugged each other emotionally when they saw each other for the first time on Thursday after Hurricane Ian passed.

Donald’s daughter said, “The last message I got from him was that the water was waist high and he didn’t know they were going to make it.”

Residents throughout Donald’s neighborhood shared similar stories. Fire and rescue teams were doing door-to-door health checks as people were trapped in their homes.

An elderly couple was rescued and evacuated safely.

Spencer Mumay posted a video on Facebook that showed the water in his house rising so high that his family could only go into the attic. He brought his 6 year old daughter and 6 month old daughter out there safely.

CBS News interviewed the grandparents of those children on Thursday as they searched for their grandchildren.

Grandma said, “I can’t imagine how they are feeling right now. Our little granddaughter is probably scared to death, crying all night long.”

CBS News was able to share the good news with the grandparents that all was well.

Now, the entire community begins a journey of recovery that is likely to last longer than the storm.

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