DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – Sky 6 flew over Daytona Beach Shores Friday, touring the damage left behind at several condo complexes which were deemed unsafe because of the rapid beach erosion caused by Nicole.
The video shows chunks of sea walls ripped away or demolished by the ocean. In some cases, formerly inground pools have been left exposed and cracked.
Work is underway to inspect 15 condo complexes that were deemed unsafe because of the storm. Until those inspections are complete, no one will be allowed to access, according to police.
The announcement came Friday after the buildings were evacuated Wednesday and Thursday due to the threat of collapse in the rain, wind and rough surf of Hurricane Nicole.
According to a notice for Daytona Beach Shores residents, any building deemed unsafe by the city’s chief building official will need to be inspected by a structural engineer retained by the condo association or owner. Until the engineer determines a given building is safe, the only people allowed inside would be those associated with the engineer’s assessment, police said.
In addition to the damage done to condo buildings, several homes were also decimated by the powerful surf caused by Nicole.
Drone video, shot by Brandon Clement from WxChasing, shows what remains of several former beachfront properties. Roofs lay propped up on what remains of dunes, tile floors are folded like paper and the remnants of walls and furniture lay scattered everywhere.
These homes in Daytona Beach Shores mirror others found in Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Ponce Inlet. Sky 6 also flew over the damage left behind there.
In all, the county has deemed at least 49 beachfront buildings unsafe and at risk for collapse because of Nicole. That includes 24 hotels and condos.
Full damage assessments along the coast have also not been completed.
“We have not yet had the opportunity to assess coastal structures such as piers and walkways,” said Beach Safety Deputy Director Tammy Malphurs. “Even during low tide, these structures may collapse without notice. At this time the beach is the most dangerous place to be in our county. We will work as hard as we possibly can to make it safe and accessible once again, but it’s going to take time.”
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