Flagler Beach, revisited

Assessing the storm damage

By: Kevin

Around the beginning of October Hurricane Matthew came ripping up the coast of Florida. It decided to make landfall in the Daytona and Flagler Beach area. While I was still in Rhode Island at the time, I watched social media and the news very closely to see how my friends from Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (FHMMC) were faring during the storm. All of my friends fared well and little to no damage was reported by any of them. However, the beaches along the coast took a beating. I still have fond memories of swimming at these beaches, so after arriving in Florida a few weeks later we decided to make a trip to see what damage had occurred and to see if the beaches we love were even recognizable. The worst damage that we found was along Flagler Beach where the dunes were basically gone, some of route A1A that runs along the beach had been washed away or was crumbling into the sea. Boardwalks and beach access stairs had been badly damaged if they remained at all. While it did not look as though, except for a few roofs that were missing some pieces, buildings had been greatly damaged there was plenty of clean-up and reconstruction needed along the coast over the next few months. While in town we also took the opportunity to stop by FHMMC and visit with some friends before leaving town and heading back to Largo.

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Author: ReadyRovers

Travel Emergency Dept RN & Family

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