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Rough stuff for sure. Interested to see the condition of the boats and house. Didn't hear the peak gusts for BPK. I wonder if the boat or concrete anchors won the fight. I assume most of your stuff was insured? Probably including an obscene deductible.

It's funny, about a half hour ago, stuck my head out the ft door to check rain/wind (wanted to hopefully check the height of the canal), for the 2-3 seconds the ft door was cracked open, "Sam's place", (directly across the street from me), he had ONE TALL palm tree, came crashing down!!! Didn't hit the house, landed in the driveway, so that's another project for the Poulan...

Never got outside, it was way too windy/rainy...

As for insurance, nope, cancelled it (both flood, boat, bike and reg house-truck insurance is mandatory), MANY years ago. Put one $2,000 claim in 32 years...

(Side note, house has been updated over the years, plumbing, roof, A/C, electrical box, etc..).

My boats still on the lift (just fine), neighbors large boat canopy, still on!!!

With the storm headed inland and lowered, surge into the house is WAY lowered.... I'll snap some pic's in the am, they say with still 35 MPH winds in the am, water is still pushing up...

As I posted earlier, bet it's NOT 2' over the seawall....(got another spare 5').

The eye JUST skirted us but that's about when the palm tree came down....
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Just checked the canal level and top off the generator. Canal water is normal height.

Did find 2/3's my seawall buckled out, flat dock caved in a bit, davits and 3 yards of concrete each on their side, f.....!
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Just checked the canal level and top off the generator. Canal water is normal height.

Did find 2/3's my seawall buckled out, flat dock caved in a bit, davits and 3 yards of concrete each on their side, f.....!
Wonder why it buckled? Was there a tree and roots involved? Not much wave action in a canal.
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Storm surge was maybe 2" over the concrete cap.... I suspect between the very low tide, the very wet ground, blew it out. I can see the vertical slabs just under the concrete cap snapped... The full 80' width is toast. Boat lift is fine, boat is fine.

Have to find and cut wires to the davits as they were under water...

Not a happy camper... That large concrete pad, now at 45 degrees, I poured MANY years ago and this boat sat there with the davits.. That pad is the ONLY thing that didn't crack/fail....

BTW, at least TWO other (older) seawalls failed and another (already failed, was even worse, and that's with in 400' from my place..

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Storm surge was maybe 2" over the concrete cap.... I suspect between the very low tide, the very wet ground, blew it out. I can see the vertical slabs just under the concrete cap snapped... The full 80' width is toast. Boat lift is fine, boat is fine.

Have to find and cut wires to the davits as they were under water...

Not a happy camper... That large concrete pad, now at 45 degrees, I poured MANY years ago and this boat sat there with the davits.. That pad is the ONLY thing that didn't crack/fail....

BTW, at least TWO other (older) seawalls failed and another (already failed, was even worse, and that's with in 400' from my place..
Whoa Scott, that's major! Since you said the concrete slab is "now at 45", im assuming it used to be parallel to water. Is that gonna be your city's problem or your problem? Some waterfront property owners I know own their land up to the seawall, but not the seawall. Hopefully you're one of those.

Furthermore Scott, remember you said your area would be a speed bump for irma as it makes it way to tampa/stpete? Well indeed it did. We dodged a major bullet, presumably because the storm tracked inland east around ft. meyers instaed of hugging the coastline. By the time it hit tampa bay the eye was no longer intact and it was situated round lakeland. Sustained no major damage, only the north facing fence in backyard was blown down. Few houses in my neighborhood had huge trees completely uprooted. Boy did we dodge a bullet, whew.
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Storm surge was maybe 2" over the concrete cap.... I suspect between the very low tide, the very wet ground, blew it out. I can see the vertical slabs just under the concrete cap snapped... The full 80' width is toast. Boat lift is fine, boat is fine.

Have to find and cut wires to the davits as they were under water...

Not a happy camper... That large concrete pad, now at 45 degrees, I poured MANY years ago and this boat sat there with the davits.. That pad is the ONLY thing that didn't crack/fail....

BTW, at least TWO other (older) seawalls failed and another (already failed, was even worse, and that's with in 400' from my place..
Whoa Scott, that's major! Since you said the concrete slab is "now at 45", im assuming it used to be parallel to water. Is that gonna be your city's problem or your problem? Some waterfront property owners I know own their land up to the seawall, but not the seawall. Hopefully you're one of those.

Furthermore Scott, remember you said your area would be a speed bump for irma as it makes it way to tampa/stpete? Well indeed it did. We dodged a major bullet, presumably because the storm tracked inland east around ft. meyers instaed of hugging the coastline. By the time it hit tampa bay the eye was no longer intact and it was situated round lakeland. Sustained no major damage, only the north facing fence in backyard was blown down. Few houses in my neighborhood had huge trees completely uprooted. Boy did we dodge a bullet, whew.
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anybody near Marathon that could check a friends house and boat?
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NOAA is apparently doing close aerial reconnaissance and posting it,
with detail down to individual house/boat/vehicle level

yesterdays flights were just Key West and a bit north.

Seems at best it could be a few days before they get up to Marathon





https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/irma/index.html
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Whoa Scott, that's major! Since you said the concrete slab is "now at 45", im assuming it used to be parallel to water. Is that gonna be your city's problem or your problem? Some waterfront property owners I know own their land up to the seawall, but not the seawall. Hopefully you're one of those.

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No Insurance covers it, home or flood...

The entire 80' is broke. Re-bar in the middle of the concrete slabs were 3/4's rotted away, davit bases and that concrete pad didn't help either. Add the LOW TIDE, approx 3' below normal low tide (no water pressure pushing back)...

I know of 3 other sea-walls within 300' of here blown out, all older walls

Thought I had some pic's of the davits, pad etc, The tide is slow going out but I was able to re-wire the lift (out from under the crumbling dock, un-wire the davits. Once I un-bolted the lift posts from the now "V" shaped pad, the posts pulled back about 2"

Got one company came out and looked, not using them, probably HONC, their the best, I'm hoping it's under $40k. Pad, cap slabs, EVERYTHING has to come out. Good thing, they said they should be able to work around the post lift...

Glad your ok too....

It's still a mess down here, further inland. We went about 30 hours without power, love that generator... Had it running thru the storm, had A/C, TV...

I'll post more pic's as the tide recedes...

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Finally started the boat today, been awhile.

Pic of the sea wall today:





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Salt or just water and rebar do not get along.
I have seen the corners of brick buildings built to withstand a lot of stuff brake apart due to the steel rusting and pushing the brick apart.
Rebar in the concrete ceilings/floors of second story braking the concret and dropping big chunks.
had to build new switch rooms and maintenance shops.

Wish there was some thing that would last and not cost an arm and leg to put in the slabs to hold it together better over the years
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Isn't there a fiberglass mix that they put in concrete now a days that gives it strength and maybe doesn't need rebar?
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Wonder if that tannic acid in the water accelerates the process?
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That just makes the alligators darker
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The little bit I spoke to the Marine contractor stated (haven't seen anyone in person yet), that they now have "coated" (not sure if painted, powder coated etc, but will find out) re-bar INSIDE the slabs. Much stronger/better than previous stuff..

There's also apparently several different options and products (some weird stuff) he briefly mentioned over the phone I'd have the choice of. I'm curious to see what that'll be, etc. Now mine was was installed in the early 80's.

Obviously, the salt water/water does indeed penetrate and take it's toll...That's apparently why you cannot get insurance (No one covers it)...

*Now there's another storm apparently headed the same direction of Irma.


$hit, I'm just gonna dump a load of sand in the back yard and just have my own BEACH...
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