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COVERING THE ANCIENT CITY AND ST. JOHNS COUNTY SINCE 1894
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HURRICANE mATTHEW

THE CLEANUP BEGINS
» Coastal residents return home to assess damage, start rebuilding

PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COM
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper watches as St. Johns County employees work Sunday on a section of Old A1A that was damaged by the passage of Hurricane Matthew near the
Matanzas Inlet.

By Jared Keever
jared.keever@staugustine.com
North Beaches: Shore,
After more than two days working to
maintain order and help others at one of
the county’s emergency shelters, Clay Car-
yards, streets cluttered
michael returned to chaos Saturday night
when he and his brother-in-law made it
back to his coastal home following Hur-
with debris, damage
ricane Matthew’s disastrous run up Flor-
ida’s coast. By Jake Martin Beach. Rubble included not
“I just spent 60 hours working at Pedro jake.martin@staugustine.com just patio furniture but the
Menendez [High School] and came back patios themselves. There
here and it’s a disaster,” Carmichael said Residents and busi- were coolers, insulation
Sunday morning as neighbors and col- ness owners along A1A chunks, remnants of fences
leagues dragged soaked rugs, furniture from Ponte Vedra Beach and walls, trash and recycle
and bedding from his Summer Haven to Vilano Beach on Sun- bins, plywood, uprooted
home. day were accessing dam- landscaping and household
With his belongings drying under the age and cleaning up after items. Sand covered the
warming sun, the principal of Pedro Hurricane Matthew. The roads in several pockets of
Menendez High School said he had lived Category 3 storm wreaked the main thoroughfare.
in the house since 1997 and had never filed havoc up and down the Many homes bore orange
an insurance claim before. Carmichael’s county’s coastline on Fri- markings spray-painted by
school was one of eight St. Johns County day, closing bridges to the emergency personnel in-
schools converted to an emergency shelter evacuated barrier islands dicating occupancy status
for those forced from their homes during until Saturday afternoon. and other pertinent infor-
mandatory evacuations of low-lying ar- Debris was strewn on mation after the evacuation
eas as the powerful Category 4 storm ap- either side of the road for orders were enforced. Red
proached the coast. miles but the damage and notices posted on some
Although Matthew never made landfall devastation seemed to in-
and was downgraded to a Category 3 storm tensify just north of Vilano BEACHES continues on 7A
by the time it ran north along the county’s
coastline, the storm did considerable dam-

FEMA approves relief;
age with its punishing winds and mon-
strous storm surge that washed out dunes,
damaged roads and flooded homes.

Scott vows to seek more
As the sun came up Sunday, residents on
Anastasia Island and points south had the
their first full day of work ahead of them
as they started digging out from damage
By Lloyd dunkelberger gency protective measures
MATTHEW continues on 5A The News Service of Florida in Brevard, Duval, Flagler,
Indian River, Nassau, St.
TALLAHASSEE — Pres- Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia
ident Barack Obama has counties. A request for ad-
MORE MATTHEW NEWS INSIdE made Florida eligible for ditional federal disaster aid
CRIPPLEd: Some downtown businesses could disaster aid in eight coun- for individuals and busi-
be shut down for weeks, months. See 2A. ties as the state continues nesses and federal aid to
UPdATES ANd ANNOUNCEMENTS: Schools to recover from the impact repair roads and other pub-
to remain closed, boil water notice, debris of Hurricane Matthew. lic structures is pending.
The Federal Emergency “While we are blessed
collection information. See 3A.
Management Agency ap- that Hurricane Matthew
FICKLE STORM: Some residents were spared Photo by PHILLIP WHITLEY proved aid to the state did not make landfall in
while others were devastated. See 4A. Large sections of A1A, south of Flagler Beach, were washed away by and local governments for
Hurricane Matthew. debris removal and emer- AId continues on 7A

INDEX TODAy’S WEATHER THEy SAID IT Copyright 2016
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“We have all our couches,
beds, clothes — everything’s
gone. ” — CONNER WILLIAmS,
Flagler College Student. See 4A.
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