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Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Hurricane Ian flooded Nova Road and many of the roads in Daytona Beach.

Photos By: Duane C. Fernandez Sr. / Hardnotts Photography LLC.

Story By: Duane C. Fernandez Sr.

As the impact of hurricane Ian tore through Florida, water rose at a rapid pace flooding homes and forcing residents to flea their homes and go to shelters. The storm destroyed the retainer walls put in place to protect beach homes. The Daytona Police, Fire and Rescue, the Paramedics, and other volunteers were out in force with small boats and on foot walking in water through the debris to rescue citizens who were stranded in the flood waters.

The Midtown Education & Culture Center was made a temporary shelter

Hurricane Ian hit the Florida coast as a category 4 hurricane causing catastrophic damage across the state. Houses and businesses were destroyed, trees, were uprooted, and cars were emerged in flood waters. Homes were flooded as the hurricane dumped rain 2 too 4 feet of water in the Midtown area in Daytona Beach and across the state. Many of the Daytona Beach residents homes are located in the flood zone.

As I drove up and down the streets in Daytona Beach, recording the destruction that hurricane Ian caused, I could smell the spoiled food and sewage water as it was almost unbearable. People were piling water lodged furniture and carpets from their homes on the curb for the trash collector to pick up.

As I drove around the cities of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna, Deland, Deltona, Ormond Beach, Holly Hill, Port Orange, and Edgewater, many mobile parks, homes, businesses, cars, boats, and anything else in Ian’s path were destroyed during the hurricane. The impact of Ian will take years to recover from.

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