Hurricane Ian has devastated the Fort Myers area. Some people floated on freezers to escape

The fishing pier at Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian struck the community on the Gulf of Mexico.
CNN  — 

Particularly hard hit by Hurricane Ian, the Fort Myers area in southwest Florida is in shambles.

“It’s horrific,” Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson told CNN’s John Berman Friday morning at the city’s devastated marina, its boats strewn about and cement slabs ripped from the water and dropped onto land. “Look at some of these docks. They could weigh as much as a ton… and they’ve been thrown around like they were nothing.

“There’s some large boats and they’ve been thrown around like they were toys.”

Fort Myers Beach, which sits on a 7-mile-long island along the Gulf of Mexico, saw “total devastation, catastrophic,” Fort Myers Beach Town Councilman Dan Allers said Friday. “Those are words that come to mind when you see what you see.”

He also said that pictures show the damage but don’t “show the magnitude of exactly what it is.”