Hurricane Ian leaves path of destruction in Volusia and Flagler counties


DAYTONA BEACH — Because the Rev. Derrick Harris plowed his massive pickup truck into the floodwaters of the low-lying Midtown neighborhood Thursday, he was shocked by what he was seeing by way of his windshield.

The water had risen to greater than 5 ft in some areas of the group east of Nova Street, and other people had been clinging to the tops of vehicles. Others had been sloshing by way of much less deep sections of the murky water that destroyed houses from Shady Place north to Mason Avenue.

He pulled terrified residents and their pets into his truck, attempting to not linger too lengthy and get caught himself.

“Folks had been actually swimming and crying out for assist,” mentioned Harris, who has each a church and barber store within the coronary heart of Midtown. “Everybody was stranded, they usually had been being taken out by boat. It is actually tough.”

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Ian on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, near Lake Drive in New Smyrna Beach. Homes flooded quickly once the storm arrived Thursday in the Ellison Avenue and Lake Shore neighborhood off of State Road 44. Water started coming into Brandy Gray LaFrance's Lake Drive home at 6 a.m. when she, her husband and six children found themselves in ankle-deep water. By 10 a.m., the water was knee-deep and kept rising, she said.

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Ian on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, close to Lake Drive in New Smyrna Seashore. Houses flooded shortly as soon as the storm arrived Thursday within the Ellison Avenue and Lake Shore neighborhood off of State Street 44. Water began coming into Brandy Grey LaFrance’s Lake Drive residence at 6 a.m. when she, her husband and 6 youngsters discovered themselves in ankle-deep water. By 10 a.m., the water was knee-deep and stored rising, she mentioned.

As Harris returned to the impoverished city core neighborhood once more Friday to proceed serving to the determined residents there, individuals all through Volusia and Flagler counties awoke to a different day of devastation left within the wake of Tropical Storm Ian.

From coastal Flagler County with its storm surge harm south to deluged areas of New Smyrna Seashore that acquired shut to 2 ft of rain, residents had been fighting floodwater that turned their streets into rivers and wind that tore at roofs, toppled bushes and knocked out energy.

Energy outages had been widespread all through Central Florida. Officers mentioned that as of 1 p.m. Friday 184,000 clients had been with out energy in Volusia County, a drop from the almost 250,000 Thursday.

Greater than 25,000 households and companies in Flagler County had no energy Friday.

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A minimum of three individuals died in Volusia County as Ian tore into the world Wednesday night and slowly carved a harmful path out to the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon.

A 72-year-old Deltona man attempting to empty his pool with a hose in the dead of night late Wednesday evening slipped down a steep and slippery embankment and toppled right into a canal. A 67-year-old New Smyrna Seashore man fell in rising floodwater that had funneled into his residence Thursday evening, could not stand up and drowned.

It is not clear what occurred with the third one that misplaced their life.

Hurricane Ian destruction to Volusia County ‘is indescribable’

Ian, now battering areas to the north of Florida alongside the Japanese Seaboard, was almost a Class 5 storm at its peak when it slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast Wednesday afternoon and can go down as one of many state’s most harmful hurricanes. It can take months for many areas of the state to return to any type of normalcy, and years for the hardest-hit areas of Florida.

“The destruction left by Hurricane Ian is indescribable,” Volusia County Neighborhood Info Director Kevin Captain mentioned at a information convention Friday afternoon. “Houses, roads, companies and even our iconic Speedway are all beneath water.”

An image from a Volusia Sheriff's Office video shows flooding from Tropical Storm Ian at the Daytona International Speedway. VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE/CONTRIBUTED

A picture from a Volusia Sheriff’s Workplace video reveals flooding from Tropical Storm Ian on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway. VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/CONTRIBUTED

Captain mentioned many roads in Volusia County stay beneath water and plagued by fallen bushes. Deserted vehicles have additionally been left alongside the edges of roads.

Though Volusia County has lifted its curfew, Captain urged individuals to not depart their houses “until it is completely needed.” Residents must also keep off of the seaside, the place excessive waves stay, seaside walkovers are broken and particles is scattered round.

About 400 individuals remained in shelters all through Volusia County Friday, and on Saturday morning they are going to be transferred to the Ocean Middle on Daytona’s beachside. The storm refugees will have the ability to keep there for at the least the subsequent few weeks, and the American Pink Cross helps with help individuals there’ll want.

“I hope all of us mirror this weekend on what a historic and catastrophic occasion we confronted right here,” mentioned Sheriff Mike Chitwood. “There are untold numbers who had catastrophic losses to their houses and property.”

Chitwood mentioned his dispatchers fielded greater than 600 calls from individuals who wanted to be rescued. The callers had been trapped in locations like Daytona Seashore, which had greater than 10 inches of rain. Three extra cities every had round 11 inches of rain: DeBary, Lake Helen and Edgewater.

DeLand was even tougher hit with round 13 inches of rain, and New Smyrna Seashore fared worst with greater than 15 inches of rain.

Chitwood mentioned the excellent news was that as of late Friday afternoon there have been no pending requests from individuals who wanted to be evacuated.

‘One thing is unsuitable with the system’

Cynthia Slater is a lifelong resident of Midtown, and he or she mentioned the calamity attributable to Hurricane Ian is among the worst she’s seen in her 65 years. Because the floodwaters began to creep towards her residence on Kottle Circle Thursday morning, she determined to get in her automobile and flee.

She needed to drive over a neighbor’s garden to get out, however she made it to security in Jacksonville. A few of her neighbors had been stranded, together with a lady with a number of youngsters and a bedridden man.

Daytona Beach's Midtown neighborhood was inundated with floodwater that rose as high as five feet in some areas of the community between Nova Road and Ridgewood Avenue. Pictured is Lockhart Street off of Kottle Circle as it looked Friday afternoon.

Daytona Seashore’s Midtown neighborhood was inundated with floodwater that rose as excessive as 5 ft in some areas of the group between Nova Street and Ridgewood Avenue. Pictured is Lockhart Road off of Kottle Circle because it appeared Friday afternoon.

Slater tried to get again to her home Friday afternoon, however floodwater prevented her from driving previous Lockhart Road.

A neighbor advised her all of the houses on her avenue had been flooded, and there had been some rescues.

Slater, who’s the top of the Daytona Seashore department of the NAACP, is operating quick on endurance for flooding mitigation that is been wanted in Midtown for many years. Even Tuscawilla Park, situated simply west of Midtown, changed into an enormous lake this week.

“We will not proceed operating from water and rain like this,” Slater mentioned. “It is the residents who need to endure on a regular basis. One thing is unsuitable with the system.”

Metropolis officers have been attempting for years to safe cash for an exhaustive research that may assist decide learn how to enhance water circulate within the space. Within the meantime, town has added new storm water pipes, retention ponds and pumps within the Midtown space.

However Slater desires extra dramatic modifications quickly.

“I do not know why they are not attempting to do higher,” she mentioned. “I am offended.”

Hurricane Ian swamps Pelican Bay

Midtown’s topography is sort of a bowl, and so it is not stunning to long-term residents when it floods. However Daytona Seashore’s Pelican Bay neighborhood on town’s west aspect just isn’t a spot recognized to turn into hostage to standing water.

So when Ian dumped inch after inch of rain on Pelican Bay, residents there have been shocked to search out their roads engulfed in water that refused to recede.

Metropolis Commissioner Stacy Cantu has lived in Pelican Bay for twenty-four years, and he or she’s by no means seen the neighborhood south of Beville Street flood prefer it did this week. Residents nonetheless could not drive out Friday.

“The water is not happening,” Cantu mentioned Friday morning. “We have now points with clogged drains, however we have by no means had this challenge with flooding. By no means.”

Paddleboard is a popular way to traverse the streets in a Pelican Bay neighborhood after flooding from Tropical Storm Ian in Daytona Beach, Friday, Sept.30, 2022.

Paddleboard is a well-liked strategy to traverse the streets in a Pelican Bay neighborhood after flooding from Tropical Storm Ian in Daytona Seashore, Friday, Sept.30, 2022.

Cantu mentioned she did not even trouble getting sandbags as a result of it did not happen to her she would possibly need them.

“None of us ever dreamed we would get unhealthy like this,” she mentioned.

She mentioned some Pelican Bay residents had water come into their garages, and others could not flush their bathrooms as a result of there was no energy at raise stations.

She mentioned she was up all of Wednesday evening as a result of she was afraid her pool was going to overflow and spill into her home. That did not occur, however her residence did endure some harm to the fence, roof, skylight and siding.

Some vehicles make their way through flooding water in Pelican Bay after flooding from tropical storm Ian in Daytona Beach, Friday, Sept.30, 2022.

Some autos make their method by way of flooding water in Pelican Bay after flooding from tropical storm Ian in Daytona Seashore, Friday, Sept.30, 2022.

Cantu mentioned she’s been apprehensive about individuals strolling within the floodwater in her neighborhood.

“It is harmful for us as a result of we now have alligators and snakes,” she mentioned.

She mentioned she yelled at some youngsters standing on an influence field in the midst of a flooded space and taking selfies.

Frequent flooding goal spared

Daytona’s Seashore Road property homeowners are used to flooding after storms, nevertheless it by no means will get simpler.

This time, although, Candy Marlays’ espresso store proprietor Tammy Kozinski caught a break. By some means water that had risen at the least six inches in entrance of her store did not get in.

She did lose 1000’s of {dollars} in meals, although, because the energy has been out since Wednesday.

She mentioned if she needed to face one other in depth cleanup within the store she opened in 2010, she might need shut down the enterprise. It took her a month to revive her store after 2017’s Hurricane Irma.

“I do not know that I might have executed it once more,” Kozinski mentioned.

Waves on Daytona’s Seashore Road

Daytona’s Seashore Road has a 100-year historical past of flooding throughout main storms, however jewellery retailer proprietor Al Brewer nonetheless had hopes Thursday that the riverfront hall had been spared the worst Hurricane Ian needed to mete out.

He was unsuitable.

“It was nearly epic the quantity of water,” mentioned Brewer, proprietor of Evans & Son Jewelers on Seashore Road close to Orange Avenue.

He mentioned the floodwater prolonged as much as Ridgewood Avenue, making all of the aspect streets connecting to Seashore Road additionally impassable.

On Seashore Road, the water circulate appeared like a river.

“There have been waves,” he mentioned.

Beach Street in Daytona Beach took a heavy hit from Ian, as the street and some businesses flooded. Here's a look on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

Seashore Road in Daytona Seashore took a heavy hit from Ian, as the road and a few companies flooded. This is a glance on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

Brewer mentioned the floodwater at Orange and Palmetto avenues was as much as vehicles’ windshields.

Brewer hoped the brand new seawall and storm sewer pipes in Riverfront Park would assist ease water rise, however they had been no match for Ian. He mentioned the water rose at the least 6 inches alongside the entrance of his constructing.

Brewer lives in Ormond Seashore about 4 blocks south of the Granada Bridge, and when the climate calmed down for some time within the afternoon he bought in his massive pickup truck and headed south on Seashore Road.

“I made it three blocks after which it was flooded,” he mentioned. “Timber had been down in all places.

He needed to shift over to U.S. Freeway 1, and eight of the ten intersections he drove by way of had visitors lights that weren’t working. He additionally noticed bushes strewn throughout U.S. 1.

As soon as he was downtown, he tried each path he might consider to get to his store: Worldwide Speedway Boulevard, Orange Avenue, the rear parking lot, Magnolia Avenue. Nothing labored.

“In 45 years that is the primary time I did not make it to my constructing,” Brewer mentioned.

He hoped by Friday morning the water may have receded sufficient for him to take a look at his store.

He is not apprehensive concerning the floodwater creeping up into his enterprise because it’s one of many few Seashore Road shops that has its first flooring a number of ft above the sidewalk. However he nonetheless desires to examine for different kinds of harm and ensure all the pieces is safe.

‘I misplaced all the pieces I’ve’

At midday Friday, Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange was nonetheless impassable and plenty of aspect streets had been beneath water.

Frankie Matos, who lives on Ruth Road, was standing in entrance of Atlantic Marine at 520 Dunlawton Ave. when he realized he nonetheless had no entry to his residence.

“I might peek by way of the fence and see that the home remains to be there, thank God,” Matos mentioned. “However once I left, it was beneath two ft of water.”

Matos, who moved to Florida from New York 20 years in the past, mentioned it was the worst hurricane he’d ever been by way of. As he listened to a pump buzzing, he was hopeful that he would have the ability to get again to his home quickly.

“The primary time I got here by (the water) was as much as right here,” he mentioned pointing to his waist. “I don’t know the place the water goes to, a retention pond or the ocean, however they’re slowly eliminating it.”

As soon as he will get again to his residence, he expects to search out devastation.

“I misplaced my home. I misplaced all the pieces I’ve … all my belongings and probably my Jeep,” he mentioned. “I’m shocked it’s nonetheless driving. All my electronics had been going loopy.”

As Matos headed again to his car, drivers had been impatiently beeping at each other. He urged individuals to to be form.

“Folks could be so imply,” he mentioned. “You don’t know what that man in that automobile simply misplaced. Simply be compassionate.”

Deltona fighting flooding and energy loss

Ian, almost unprecedented in its energy and measurement, “brought on widespread energy outages in addition to flooding,” Deltona Hearth Chief Invoice Snyder mentioned Friday afternoon in a press briefing at Metropolis Corridor.

The storm knocked out visitors lights, downed bushes and powerlines, and left many roadways crammed with water into Friday afternoon, even with the solar shining.

“Please, please keep off the roads until it’s important so that you can be on the market,” Snyder mentioned.

He mentioned a number of individuals have misjudged the roadway on account of standing water and wound up caught of their autos and in want of rescue.

Mayor Heidi Herzberg mentioned by telephone Friday afternoon that town, total, faired nicely, although some areas have worse flooding than others.

Nick Lulli didn’t assume the water can be a difficulty as he’s in a newly constructed residence that isn’t in a flood zone or high-risk space.

“I can’t even maintain water in my yard after a day thunderstorm,” Lulli mentioned by telephone Friday. “We didn’t even exit and get sandbags as a result of I believed, ‘I am going to depart it for the individuals who stay by lakes.’ “

However late Friday afternoon, Lulli remained caught inside his residence within the 3600 block of Sunday Drive on account of flooding and standing water within the roadway.

A dry pond a block north of Lulli’s residence overflowed, and whereas water didn’t intrude into Lulli’s residence, he could not say the identical for his neighbor.

“Her home is ruined, and this can be a brand-new home,” Lulli mentioned.

You’ll be able to attain Eileen at [email protected]. Correspondent Tammie Shanahan and reporters Katie Kustura and Clayton Park contributed to this report.

This text initially appeared on The Daytona Seashore Information-Journal: Hurricane Ian battered Florida’s Volusia and Flagler counties


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