Dozens of storm surge markers mysteriously disappear

Storm surge markers disappear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several storm surge markers scattered around the metro area have vanished without a trace.

The colorful poles were placed around Jacksonville in 2006 by the city and the Northeast Florida Regional Council, a city of Jacksonville spokesperson said.

Their purpose: To help people visualize the impact of hurricanes that could hit the First Coast.

Each number and color on the pole corresponds to the category of hurricane and shows how high the resulting storm surge would be.

First Coast News highlighted a storm surge marker at Jacksonville Landing during our hurricane special last June. 

That marker, along with the other 34, have disappeared ever since.

Eva Olsen first moved to Jacksonville 15 years ago from Detroit. She says she's seen storm surge firsthand, likes the times the St. Johns River has reach up the steps toward the gazebo at the Jacksonville Landing.

"It's just good information to have. It's a visual that you can look at and see and... make decisions based on," Olsen said about the markers.

Now as a more experienced Floridian, Olsen says she feels these markers keep people safe, so she'd like to see them return.

A city of Jacksonville spokesperson says the markers were removed after data acquired last year shows those poles were not accurate and could be misleading to the public.

The spokesperson says it has not yet been determined whether the markers will be replaced with accurate ones.


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