Homes along the northeast coast of Florida were buried under several feet of sand after the impact of Hurricane Nicole.
The Flagler County Office of Emergency Management shared photos Friday showing the extent of the damage there, which they estimated at $23.7 million.
Of that total, $13.3 million was recorded in Flagler Beach and $1.2 million in Beverly Beach.
Three photos shared of a home on Rollins Drive in “The Hammock” neighborhood showed sand coming up to the top of a mailbox.
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While no homes in Flagler County were destroyed, nearly 300 homes were affected.
Another 125 sustained minor damage and 20 sustained major damage.
Nearly 2,020 homes were flooded, officials said, noting that the numbers were subject to change.
There were 166,800 cubic yards of structural debris throughout the county.
FOX 35 reported that Flagler Beach’s main transportation artery, State Road A1A, had sustained significant damage from the storm. The state Department of Transportation said it had made several emergency repairs and was able to reopen the highway in St. Johns County within 24 hours of the landfall.
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Governor Ron DeSantis joined state and local officials there and in Volusia County to assess the devastation caused by flooding and beach erosion.
“We will help our coastal communities fully recover from the impacts of Hurricane Nicole,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This $20 million will address immediate emergency needs at several storm-impacted beaches as we work to identify additional funding to replace infrastructure and help rebuild the area.”
The Governor directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to use $20 million of existing funds for emergency sand placement to help local governments address significant beach and dune erosion caused by Hurricanes Nicole and Ian .
Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Thursday morning near Vero Beach.
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The governor’s office said it exacerbated the impacts Hurricane Ian had in the same areas.
Several buildings have been deemed unsafe and homes have been reported partially collapsed in Volusia County.