Section of Manasota Key Road washed away by Hurricane Idalia

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Rachel Murphy
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Manasota Key Road is impassable at this time.

The road that runs along Englewood Beach has been washed out. Much of the road has literally collapsed into the sand below because of the erosion from the storm.

A lot of people were out along Englewood Beach looking at the damage.

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People looking at the damage along Englewood Beach (CREDIT: WINK News)

Kyle Garvey from Englewood was driving along the beach Tuesday night when Hurricane Idalia was in the Gulf of Mexico. He said he started to notice the road eroding then.

“It was like a few of the guardrails that were just like hanging off the edge, like nothing was holding except for the guardrails,” said Garvey.

Idalia Tuesday night by Englewood Beach (CREDIT: William Marriott and Robert Tigro)

Robert Tigro said, “We were out here on the road and it was crashing over the road. And just the sand was coming in like a river. And there were a few people out here, but everything was just wind and rain and driving.”

According to people who live along the beach, the tide is higher than usual and is up to the sea wall. There has also been a strong, consistent wind.

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