Beach houses in Florida covered in sand after Hurricane Nicole

Homes along Florida’s northeast coast were buried under several feet of sand following the impact of Hurricane Nicole.

The Flagler County Emergency Management Office shared photos Friday showing the extent of the damage, which is estimated at $23.7 million there.

Of that, $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 approaching the top of a mailbox.

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Although no homes were destroyed in Flagler County, nearly 300 homes were affected.

Another 125 suffered minor and 20 serious damage.

Homes were flooded in nearly 2020, officials said, noting the numbers could change.

There was 166,800 cubic yards of construction waste throughout the county.

FOX 35 reported that Flagler Beach’s main thoroughfare, State Road A1A, had suffered significant damage from the storm. The state Department of Transportation said it had made several emergency repairs and could reopen the St. Johns County road within 24 hours of landing.

Flooding from Nicole making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in Flagler County

Flooding from Nicole making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in Flagler County
(Flagler County Emergency Management Office)

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Governor Ron DeSantis joined local and state officials there and in Volusia County to investigate the devastation caused by the flooding and beach erosion.

“We will help our coastal communities fully recover from the effects of Hurricane Nicole,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This $20 million will address immediate emergency needs at several storm-hit beaches while we work to find additional funds to replace infrastructure and help rebuild the region.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida officials survey Nicole's damage in Flagler County

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida officials survey Nicole’s damage in Flagler County
(Flagler County Emergency Management Office)

The governor has directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to use $20 million of existing emergency sanding funds to help local governments deal with the extensive dune and beach erosion caused by Hurricanes Nicole and Ian.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

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The governor’s office said it exacerbated the impact of Hurricane Ian on the same areas.

Several buildings were deemed unsafe and houses are said to have partially collapsed in Volusia County.

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