St. Augustine mayor: ‘Our challenge is that people did not evacuate’

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The city of St. Augustine is beginning to deal with the effects of Hurricane Matthew, a storm that swamped the city with flooding and endangered people who chose to stay behind despite warnings.

Mayor Nancy Shaver said the city had a plan as the hurricane neared that was “excellently conceived and executed really, really well.”

“Our challenge is that people did not evacuate,” she said.

Now the National Guard has secured the area, and people aren’t able to get into their homes until officials allow entry.

“We still have standing water. … People should assume that all the water is contaminated,” she said

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