“No protection left” after seawalls in Daytona Beach Shores ripped away by Hurricane Ian

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Along the coastlines of Daytona Beach Shores, many homes are loosely hanging by a thread after the damage Hurricane Ian left.


Seawalls and sand dunes along the coast in Wilbur by the Sea have been wiped away following the storm, leaving homes and the coastline exposed.

Many are worried about further damage that could come as a new tropical system forms

Volusia County resident Shea Lopez has lived by the coastline his entire life.

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He said he has never seen damage like this.

“We had 100 yards of sand and dunes protected before the last one hit,” Lopez said. “This (seawalls) all got ripped away, and there’s no protection left.”

Lopez said that he’s worried this new storm could cause more impact and further affect the homes along the coastline.

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“It’s not just how big it’s going to be, it’s the angle,” he said. “It’s got a fetch of northeast winds similar to Ian, with wave heights that are similar.”

Volusia County officials said they are in close contact with coastal cities and various state and federal agencies ahead of this storm.

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