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Mathews residents ride out the storm

Justin Hunter Allen of Bavon rode out the weekend’s storm at his home in the Chesapeake Shores subdivision, which is located on the Chesapeake Bay.

Allen said that he, his wife Lucy Kirkman, and Kirkman’s grandfather Van Bandjunis, who lives next door, started seeing higher tides than normal on Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday the water had swelled to the point that it started taking out a lot of sand, cutting the beach dune in half.

The waves didn’t breach the dune, but tidal waters still rose on the inland side of the subdivision and flooded the road, said Allen, making it impossible to drive on the roadway during high tide. On Sunday, Allen and Kirkman went out in the morning, and they were unable to get back home even during low tide because of flooding.

Down the beach from Allen’s home, another cottage was left with a gaping hole in the foundation after the waters subsided. Mathews County planner Thomas Jenkins said the cottage appeared to have been ...

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