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HURRICANE MATTHEW: A STORM TO REMEMBER

AFTER MATTHEW
Billed as a ‘monster,’ Category 3 hurricane delivered its fury to all corners of St. Johns County

CHRISTINA.KELSO@STAUGUSTINE.COm

Max Sheppard helps to clear debris from his aunt and cousin’s Vilano Beach home on Oct. 9, while they rested inside. Sheppard, a
student at Florida Atlantic University, drove up from his Miami home to help when his family sent him photographs of the destruction
they found after returning from evacuation.

We are Impact still being measured as thousands
already of residents begin process of rebuilding
starting By Jake martin
to see the jake.martin@staugustine.com

impacts,
and it’s a A drive down the main thoroughfares of St. Augustine and
St. Johns County in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane
Matthew might not have hinted at the devastation to be found
monster.”
GOV. RICK SCOTT,
just down the side streets of many neighborhoods in the days
at an Oct. 6 news following.
conference. PETER.WILLOTT@STAUGUSTINE.COm
Unaffected or relatively unscathed turned their attention to helping others. A car parked on Saragossa Street in St. Augustine sits under
homes and streets abutted pockets of dam- A public group on Facebook called “Saint water as Matthew’s surge flooded the city on Oct. 7.
age and destruction of varying degrees. Augustine Hurricane Recovery” had well
Thousands of homes and thousands over 12,000 members by Friday. The page vid in 1979 as recent — uncertainties fed
of families were affected. Many more was created to link those in need with expectations for possible destruction lead-
thousands of stories are to be told, aided those who can do something about it. ing up to Matthew’s arrival.
by photos of high water marks, downed As the first post-Matthew weekend came When Matthew was downgraded to a
trees, piles of debris and household items to a close, it was clear relief efforts both Category 3 hurricane and sideswiped the
on curbsides, or by group shots with the official and unofficial were taking root. east coast of the state, rather than making
neighbors, complete strangers and entire Local, state and federal agencies were at landfall as a Category 4, some officials ac-
sports teams who volunteered to help different stages of their disaster response. knowledged the damage sustained but said
clean up. Without much recent history of serious it could have been worse.
People who just lost “stuff” counted storms in the county — unless one counts
themselves among the lucky. They soon Hurricane Dora in 1964 or Hurricane Da- Please see mATTHEW/12A

EDITORIAL

We will rebuild and forever be stronger
H as it really been nine days? For those
of us with severe damage, the first
two days seemed like six.
In either case, the damage to the home
becomes so much more insidious, so
heartbreaking.
the greasy waterline on the wall.
Everything smells: the mud, the mold,
and the damp waft of wet pink insula-
mORE COVERAGE
n SPECIAL SECTION
Now they’re a blur. As so many have learned this week, tion. White sheetrock dust turns the INSIDE TODAY:
Some could argue, we suppose, but this isn’t about sticks and bricks. mud-stained tile floors tan. A pictoral look at the
three feet of water and slick brown mud This is about your grandmother’s Nothing is easy. Nothing goes fast. preparation, impact and
flushing through a house may be as dif- cedar chest, or the quilt she sewed with Traffic snarls on each trip to Ace Hard- aftermath of Matthew.
ficult to deal with as an outright blow- arthritic fingers, and the knick-knacks ware or Home Depot; maybe not really
down. you remember sitting dustless on her that bad, but your nerves are frayed and
But that’s just the house. shelves. naked. And you’re tired. And you realize n ALSO TODAY: Find
This is a family photo album. You now how long this is going to go on, and interactive Hurricane
cringe, and maybe cry, trying to pry the you wonder if it ever gets easier — like a Matthew coverage on
saturated pages apart with so much care loved one lost. staugustine.com.
— only to rip Kodachrome memories And you will hear stories, so many
asunder in the process. stories. You might stand in line at the
This is looking at that doorjamb where McDonald’s and hear Hazel talking about
you marked the growth spurts of the kids living in a Red Cross Shelter, or from the
with a ruler and a No. 2 pencil. If you’re young girl in line at the bank, laughing
lucky the trim has been torn down and about heating bottled water in a bor-
hauled out to the street. Maybe you trace rowed microwave to wash her hair.
imaginary lines with your fingernail
across moldy sheet rock — a foot above Please see STRONGER/3A

INDEX TODAy’S WEATHER THEy SAID IT Copyright 2016
OBITUARIES
NATION/WORLD
SUNDAY BUSINESS
OPINION
4A
6a
7B
8-9B
81 71
HIGH LOW
40% chance of showers
“The election is being rigged by
corrupt media pushing completely
false allegations and outright lies in
an effort to elect her president.” —
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