Hurricane Matthew: Many historic buildings in St. Augustine, Florida damaged

FILE PHOTO In this Oct. 28, 2016 photo, one of the many businesses on the St. Augustine waterfront is being repaired after it was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Matthew. More than 1,000 historic homes and buildings were damaged by storm surge, a University of Florida team has found. Water flooded all seven of St. Augustine's federally designated historic districts last month. (AP Photo/Jason H. Dearen)
FILE PHOTO In this Oct. 28, 2016 photo, one of the many businesses on the St. Augustine waterfront is being repaired after it was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Matthew. More than 1,000 historic homes and buildings were damaged by storm surge, a University of Florida team has found. Water flooded all seven of St. Augustine's federally designated historic districts last month. (AP Photo/Jason H. Dearen)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) – St. Augustine’s iconic Spanish fortress escaped serious harm from Hurricane Matthew, but experts say more than 1,000 historic homes and buildings in north Florida’s colonial city were damaged.

 

Preservationists at the University of Florida said floodwaters surged into all seven of St. Augustine’s federally designated historic districts last month, damaging about half of all the 2,000 properties in those areas. Homes and businesses along the city’s waterfront were overwhelmed despite a seawall completed in 2014.

Morris Hylton of University of Florida’s historic preservation program called the damage significant. He says, “Many, if not a majority, of the historic properties … were impacted.”

Buildings flooded included Flagler College’s ornate Spanish Renaissance-style main hall.

 

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