Storm Surge Floods St. Augustine's Davis Shores Neighborhood

Sep 4, 2019

Water quickly rose early Wednesday afternoon during high tide in the flood-prone Davis Shores neighborhood on Anastasia Island as Hurricane Dorian creeped north up the east coast of Florida. 

The Intracoastal Waterway waters were coming in, leading to flooding in the St. Augustine community, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.

A News4Jax crew saw the water rise 6 inches in 10 minutes around 2 p.m. Wednesday, more than knee high and nearly submerging a fire hydrant.

Water was getting into several homes, including through the back of one home that appeared to be vacant.

St. Augustine firefighters, worried the wake from vehicles would cause the water to flood homes, were stopping vehicles and asking people not to drive through the area. 

There were several kayakers in the streets, a man wakeboarding behind a pickup truck, children paddling on surfboards, neighbors surveying the waters and even a swimming armadillo. 

An expanded version of this story that includes a video report and an update some flooding along St. Augustine’s bayfront is at News4Jax.