LAKE APOPKA, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - It's been more than a month since Hurricane Irma hit and Lake Apopka's North Shore is still covered in flood waters.
"Most of what we see that needs repair is our roads, says Dr. Erich Mazolf with the SJR Water Management District. There may be some culverts and infrastructure too, but right now we just can't see it."
Nearly 75 percent of the 20-thousand acre property flooded from Irma and most of the popular 11-mile wildlife drive is impassable.
Repairs are underway including a 357-foot levee breached where the lake meets the shore. Crews have also installed a floating barrier to minimize additional storm surge from rainfall.
More than 100,000 nature fans flock to the shore from all over the world each year to get a glimpse of the incredible wildlife.
"Some phenomenal photography is done out there, so we understand lots of people are anxious to come out and see the wildlife. We're trying to get it open as quickly as possible, I just can't tell you when," says Mazolf.