‘The damage is tremendous’: Florida sheriff

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno about the impacts and destruction of Hurricane Ian across the area.
4:03 | 09/29/22

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 HOW ABOUT 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL FALLING OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS? LINDSAY, WE ARE FAR FROM DONE. >> ALL RIGHT, GREG, OUR THANKS TO YOU. -- JOINS US NOW FROM THE PHONE. A LEE COUNTY WAS IN THE DIRECT PATH OF THE HURRICANE. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US AND JOINING US TONIGHT. WE HAVE HEARD REPORTS OF 120 MILE AN HOUR WINDS. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING THERE RIGHT NOW? >> FIRST, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON AND I APPRECIATE IT. WE TOOK SUCH A HARD HIT. YOU, KNOW IT WAS VERY UNPREDICTABLE STORM. I SPOKE TO MY FELLOW SHERIFF BROTHERS AND I TOLD THEM, I WILL -- NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, TABLES ARE REVERSED. THEY'RE SENDING THE MY WAY. THE WIND IS TREMENDOUS. THE DAMAGE IS TREMENDOUS. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET OUT TO ASSESS, 45 MILES AN HOUR SUSTAINED WINDS -- THERE IS A LOT TO BE SEEN AND WE HAVE BEEN HIT VERY HARD, I KNOW. THAT >> A REPORT SAID THAT FORT MYERS BEACH AND SANIBEL ISLAND ARE QUOTE, DECIMATED. WHAT DO THEY MEAN BY THAT? WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT DAMAGE THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST AWARE OF SO FAR? >> WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF CALLS ABOUT THAT DAMAGE, ABOUT ROOF TOPS FLOATING OFF THE STREET, VEHICLES GOING INTO THE OCEAN, NOT SEEING IT FIRSTHAND, AND JUST FROM THE CALLS COMING IN, IT IS TRAGIC. MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYBODY. -- THE ATTORNEY GENERAL -- WE HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT COMBAT. THEY HAVE OFFERED UP RESOURCES TO US TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE TOOL TO GET THE JOB DONE. THE SECOND WEEKEND -- WE WILL MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN POSSIBLE FOR THESE RESIDENTS. WHAT IS YOUR WARNING FOR THOSE RESIDENTS WHO MIGHT BE EAGER TO GET OUTSIDE NOW THAT THEY BELIEVE THE WORST OF THE STORM HAS PASSED? >> THE WARNING IS CLEAR. I MEAN, DO NOT. ALLOWS THE TIME TO ASSESS. WE NEED TO GET OUT THERE AND ASSESS WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON. WE NEED TO HANDLE CALLS THAT -- THINGS MAY LOOK NICE. THE WEATHER BREAKS. EVERYONE WANTS TO GET OUT. BUT THERE ARE DOWNED POWER LINES. THERE ARE TREES AND HAZARDS EVERYWHERE. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE OUT THERE. WE WANT YOU TO STAY INDOORS, ALLOW US TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO. AND, THEN WE WILL GIVE YOU THE GREENLIGHT WHEN YOU CAN COME OUT. AGAIN, YOUR SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT. >> LEE COUNTY IS NO STRANGER TO POWERFUL HURRICANES. HURRICANE CHARLIE, RAVAGED THAT AREA BACK IN 2004. WHAT LESSONS WAS YOUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM ABLE TO LEARN FROM THAT EXPERIENCE? >> EACH STORM IS UNIQUE AND WE LEARN EVERYTHING ALL-TIME. WE GET BETTER. TECHNOLOGY GETS BETTER. THIS TEAM GOES FROM OUR GREAT GOVERNOR ALL THE WAY DOWN TO OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. AND HOW WE WORK AS A TEAM. I THINK THE COMMUNICATION IS MUCH BETTER. OUR EMTS, OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT, WE ARE ONE IN SYNC TEAM AND WE ARE WORKING HARD AND PLANTS ARE IN PLACE. STRATEGICALLY DEPLOYING PERSONNEL ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTY. THIS IS 1260 SQUARE MILES. IT'S TREMENDOUS. THEY'RE 67 COUNTIES. WE ARE ONE OF A LARGER ONE. SO, WE'RE LEARNING A LOT ALONG THE WAY AND WE ARE READY FOR ANYTHING THAT COMES OUR WAY. OUR RESIDENTS ARE GOING TO BE SAFE AND SERVICE WILL BE DELIVERED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. >> UNFORTUNATELY, AS YOU KNOW, THE HARD PART, THE RECOVERY AND CLEANUP, STILL AHEAD. WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO AND WHAT KIND OF HELP ARE YOU HOPING TO GET? >> GOVERNOR DESANTIS MADE A CLEAR. HE SENDING EVERYTHING AT ALL RESOURCES TO HELP US WITH THAT CLEANUP. WE HAVE REAL HEAVY EQUIPMENT. I FAR DEPARTMENT, ALTHOUGH LOCAL LEADERS ARE COMING TOGETHER AND WE ARE READY. WE ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING TO GET BACK OUT THERE IMMEDIATELY. NOT WASTING ONE SECOND. WE SEE WHAT WE HAVE. WE ARE EVALUATING. WE ARE ASSESSING THE SITUATION AND WE WILL GO RIGHT INTO ACTION. WE HAVE ALL THE SKILLS TO DO I, WE JUST WAIT FOR THAT GREENLIGHT. >> SHERIFF, YOU AND YOUR DEPUTIES, OF COURSE,

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