11-foot alligator found in Florida drainage system

Daniel Uria

FORT MYERS, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- An enormous gator was found to be the cause of a drainage system clog in a Florida neighborhood.

Roger Desjarlais shared a photo of the 11-foot-long dead gator that was removed from a drainage system in Fort Myers on Monday.


"The drainage system in this Fort Myers neighborhood was backed up so someone called our Public Works Department to investigate," he wrote. "Here's what our guys found. Eleven feet long."

Lee County public information officer Betsy Clayton told residents had called complaining of bad odor in addition to the clogged drains.

"About twice a year we get calls for gators," she said before clarifying that the gators are usually much smaller. "Our pipes are not that big."

A DOT crew arrived at the scene to remove the gator with an excavator before taking the body to a designated dumping site.

"This was an abnormally large gator," County DOT director Randy Cerchie said. "It's just part of what we do."

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