Strong winds, high surf concerns Hutchinson Island residents trapped, flooded during Hurricane Sandy

Wild weather is reawakening past erosion fears

STUART, Fla. -- - Strong winds and crushing waves reawakening concerns among residents who live near Bathtub Beach on Hutchinson Island.

A high surf advisory is in effect until Wednesday morning as winds up to 30 miles per hour whipped through the area.

The wild weather was all residents at Sailfish Pointe could think about on Tuesday.

"It's pretty brutal. I mean when high tide is coming in, the waves are coming in. They're coming over the dunes. It's pretty bad," said Mike Schmidt, a resident of Sailfish Pointe.

Schmidt said the wicked weather brings back bad memories. He could only think of what happened one year ago when Hurricane Sandy moved through the area.

"We had problems last year with the road. All the sand washed up onto the road, we had problems getting in and out," said Schmidt.

Martin County built a man-made dune as a result of the storm closing roads and trapping residents.

The mound of sand has held up in 2013. Schmidt said if the weather continues, he is worried the area will once again become trapped by sand and water.

"Well what it's going to cost to repair it, that's going to be a problem and losing our beaches. Some of the houses inside the gates here, the water is right up to the house," said Schmidt.

The strong winds are expected to last through Wednesday.

Residents are crossing their fingers homes will not be damaged by fallen trees or ruptured sea walls.

 

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