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Updated: 10/11/2017 08:30:04AM
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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

George Hart, who lives on a waterfront lot on Edgewater Drive, inspects his neighbor’s sinkhole, a 35-foot-wide by 8-foot-deep cavity, which opened up behind the seawall.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

The seawalls along the canal behind Severin Road SE in Charlotte Harbor suffered major damage.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Property owners who saw their seawalls collapse due to Hurricane Irma are dismayed that their homeowner’s or flood insurance policies will not cover such damage.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A 35-foot-wide by 8-foot-deep cavity opened up behind the seawall on a canal near Harbor Boulevard.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Peckham Street SE homeowner Dave Thompson shows his sagging seawall to neighbors including, at right, Chuck Witzke of the Buena Vista Area Waterway MSBU Advisory Committee, who offered his expertise on possible options.

By GARY ROBERTS

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR — After Hurricane Irma drained the canals in Punta Gorda, creating immense, outward pressure from rain-soaked yards, an estimated 15 miles of seawall failed. Nearly 1,000 properties were impacted. A ballpark cost for repairs is $27 million.

In the interim, city officials have assigned personnel to inspect the properties and take detailed photos and notes to document the damage for FEMA reimbursement. Crews are also checking on failed drainage pipes and other hazards, fixing broken culverts and exploring various slope stabilization measures to halt erosion.

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