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Floridians endure struggles left by Hurricane Ian

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT CONTENT CREATOR JOHNNY LAUDER. PART NO RESALE, REUSE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WZVN-TV; NO ACCESS FORT MYERS-NAPLES MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKS++OVERLAID WITH COMMENTARY AT SOURCE++POOLSouthwest Florida (exact location unknown) - 4 October 2022HEADLINE: Floridians endure struggles left by Hurricane Ian1. Various aerials of destroyed homes and property, damaged shrimp boatsANNOTATION: Florida residents and emergency workers are assessing the damage and searching for anyone still trapped inside flooded or damaged homes.ANNOTATION: Confirmed storm-related deaths have risen as search and rescue crews comb through the hardest-hit areas and due to the dangers posed by cleaning up.WZVN-TV - NO RESALE, REUSE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WZVN-TV; NO ACCESS FORT MYERS-NAPLES MARKET; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSFort Myers, Florida - 4 October 20222. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Florida:"So we've now had more than 2,300 rescues and our urban search and rescue teams with more than a thousand personnel have gone door to door to 79,000 structures to check on occupants. You know, this is something that's really, really significant. There's more urban search and rescue capability in Florida since this storm than has ever been in one place in one state since 9/11."VERIFIED UGC - MUST CREDIT JOHNNY LAUDER++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This video and photo content has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and photo content checked against known locations and events by regional experts++Video and photo content is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video and photo content cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Johnny LauderNaples, Florida - 28 September 20223. Wide of water, UPSOUND (English) Lauder: "We're riding to grandma's. Or I'm riding to grandma's."4. Close of Lauder's watch, UPSOUND (English) Lauder: "I don't know what time it is, 3:41 (p.m.). Alright, love everybody."5. STILL of Lauder's mom Karen Lauder up to her in floodwater inside her homeANNOTATION: Johnny Lauder documented his journey to save his mother from the home she refused to leave, despite the family's pleading in the face of Hurricane Ian.6. STILL of Lauders inside flooded homeASSOCIATED PRESSNaples, Florida - 4 October 2022++QUALITY AS INCOMING++7. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnny Lauder, Naples resident: "We got her out of the house through all the wreckage and we started pushing her in the street. You know the water for us was probably thigh, hip deep. But for her in some areas it was already up to her chest, she was still submerged through the whole ride."VERIFIED UGC - MUST CREDIT JOHNNY LAUDER++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This video and photo content has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and photo content checked against known locations and events by regional experts++Video and photo content is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video and photo content cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Johnny LauderNaples, Florida - 28 September 20228. Johnny Lauder in water with Karen Lauder in wheelchair after rescuing her from flooding, UPSOUND (English) Johnny Lauder "6:10 (p.m.), we're now leaving, pushing a wheelchair through half deep water. We have a little bit of a trek ahead of us."ANNOTATION: He hopes that people will evacuate. "My mom has changed her tone: she will be evacuating next time," he said. "I hope people learn from others' mistakes."STORYLINE: In one photo, Johnny Lauder's 86-year-old mother, Karen, is in her home, submerged nearly to her shoulders in black-tinged water, staring straight at the camera, mouth open. In another, she lies just above the water line on a table, wrapped in sheets to warm her. In yet another, she is pushed through the water in a wheelchair, her rescue nearly complete. The photos tell the story of Lauder's journey last Wednesday to save his mother from the home she refused to leave, despite the family's pleading in the face of Hurricane Ian.Before the storm hit, Lauder said his mother — who lost a leg and requires a wheelchair — "kicked and screamed" and said she didn't want to leave her home in Naples, Florida. "We didn't evacuate because we couldn't leave her behind," he added.She did not expect the level of destruction Ian would bring. Speaking from his son's home on Tuesday, Lauder said his mother's house had flooded about six inches during Hurricane Irma in 2017, so she assumed a similar outcome with Ian. Instead, Ian ravaged Florida as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S. and flooded more than three feet of her home, trapping her inside. She called her son for help. "She said the water was up to her wheelchair and hitting her belly button," Lauder said. He was sheltering at his son's house, a half mile from his mom.Lauder, who said he has rescue diver training, dove out the window. He swam, walked, waded and kicked through water for about 45 minutes to get to her house. He said a van and a couple cars floated past him as he steered clear of sparking electric poles.He started taking short videos and photos to let his family know he was OK."That's how I unintentionally documented the whole ordeal," he said.Lauder said he heard his mother screaming as he approached. "It was a sense of terror and relief at the same time," he said. "The terror was that I didn't know if something was falling on her or if she was trapped and hurt. But the relief was knowing that there's still air in her lungs." He put her on a table and wrapped her in sheets that he retrieved from the top shelf of her house. He worried about the sores around her body — open wounds that were dangerously susceptible to infection in the bacteria-ridden floodwater. They waited three hours for the water to subside, so he could push her through the streets in her wheelchair. When the water was just a couple feet high, he called for his 20-year-old son to join them and help push grandma to safety. Around 1 a.m. — about 11 hours after Lauder's mother called him for help — Lauder returned to his older son's house with his mother and younger son in tow. Lauder said his mother was later taken to a hospital, because she had some infections. "But they were treated, and she's warm. She's in a soft comfy bed. She's good," he added.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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