Beaches hit hard by erosion from Matthew

There is erosion along the beaches of Flagler and Volusia County counties, authorities say.  

Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue says residents are asked to be patient as staff works to reopen the beaches, which remain closed to vehicular traffic.

Staff plans to incrementally reopen beaches in high-usage areas first and then work outward to the remaining areas. Access areas are compromised; it will take time to re-establish the traffic areas and replace signs, lifeguard towers and other equipment.

"We are still flying the double red flag due to conditions and debris in the water, all water activity is prohibited at this time," said Capt. Tamra Marris with Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

There is widespread debris on the beach and in the water. Trees, metal roof pieces, and other large construction materials floating in the water could cause severe injuries.