ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — St. Augustine was among the hardest-hit areas of Northeast Florida as Hurricane Matthew arrived Friday.
Video from Action News Jax reporter Russell Colburn showed water rising in downtown streets. People were seen trapped at the Casablanca Inn on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
St. Johns County officials quickly moved to close all bridges in St. Johns County earlier in the day.
Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine was especially hard-hit, with video showing water rushing through one of the buildings' walkways.
Restaurants along the water were also damaged by floodwaters. Photos from Caps on the Water, just north of St. Augustine, showed rising flood waters Friday afternoon.
City officials said they believed around half of the city's population chose not to evacuate ahead of the storm.
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St. Johns County officials rescued a man from floodwaters at the base of the Vilano Bridge when he fell out of and was separated from his wheelchair, according to the St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
The man was found clutching a garbage can that was floating at the east end of the Vilano Causeway at about noon.
The man was taken to Flagler Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
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