Martin County officials declare local state of emergency

MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Huge waves and beach erosion caused Martin County officials to declare a local state of emergency on Tuesday.

Hutchinson Island was the main area of concern and officials closed the parking lot to Bathtub Beach while crews used equipment to build up the dune. "My daughter said it was like a tsunami! The water rushed by our house and into the road," Kay West said.

West lives in a home along the beach on Hutchinson Island.She says around 11 a.m. Tuesday her dog started barking and she noticed the water spilling by her house into the road. "One massive wave flooded the entire street. The cars could barely get by," West said.

County crews were out on Tuesday morning clearing debris from the road near Bathtub Beach. "We've never seen waves so big. It is a little scary, but an amazing sight," tourist Terry Rockwell said.
It's unclear when the parking lot at Bathtub Beach will reopen. Some docks and walkways did wash away, but most of the homes along the beach are built at least ten feet above the sea, so there was no major damage.

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