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City opens parking garage for free to residents as downtown St. Augustine continues flooding

"These high tides and localized flooding are above and beyond what we’ve seen in decades.” - City Manager John Regan.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Continued flooding is expected in downtown St. Augustine on Monday afternoon with a nor'easter moving through the area. The city has decided to offer free parking to those in low-lying areas, a St. Augustine news release stated Monday morning.

High tide is around 12:30 p.m. Monday. On Sunday, severe flooding impacted many areas along the bay front.

The city is offering parking spaces in its garage at 1 Cordova St. to city residents and workers for free, the news release stated.

"These high tides and localized flooding are above and beyond what we’ve seen in decades,” City Manager John Regan stated in a the release. “We want to help our residents and workers who have to park on the streets throughout the city and give them a place to safely park their cars to avoid damage to their personal property.”

There are also plans to close flood-prone areas, the news release stated.

"Drivers are urged to not drive through water unless absolutely necessary. In the event that driving through water is unavoidable, it is important to proceed slowly and with caution to avoid creating a wave that could inadvertently push water into people’s homes and property," the news release states.