Vilano Beach house declared unsafe after Ian washes away sea wall

A home on Vilano Beach is left standing on its pylons after the storm surge from Ian washed away most of its sea wall, driveway and underlying ground.

VILANO BEACH, Fla. – A home on Vilano Beach is left standing on its pylons after the storm surge from Ian washed away most of its sea wall, driveway and underlying ground.

News4JAX discovered the scene around 11 a.m. as the Sky 4 helicopter was surveying the Northeast Florida coastline after Ian crossed the Florida Peninsula, causing flooding and damage in St. Johns County on Thursday.

The house was marked unsafe, News4JAX has learned.

One of the next-door neighbors’ house also had a significant part of its sea wall washed away.

Early Friday afternoon around high tide in Vilano Beach, an area that’s dealt with erosion, water was just feet away from Coastal Highway/A1A.

The Florida Department of Transportation is working to bolster the dunes by A1A with sandbags and piles of rocks.

The Sky 4 helicopter shows efforts Friday to prevent a Vilano Beach home from going into the surf. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

On Thursday, Ian caused leaning power lines, flooded roads and scattered debris in streets in Vilano Beach.

As of Friday, a coastal flood warning remained in effect for St. Johns County.


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