PENSACOLA, FL (WKRG) – Four days after heavy surf and strong winds and crews on Fort Pickens Road still have a lot of work to do.
Mountains of sand have shut down about a 5mile stretch of Fort Pickens Road. Crews have been working non-stop to clear the road, but it wasn’t just sand they had to move.
A camper at the fort when the storm blew through thought he could make it out. He didn’t. His mini-van was trashed by the storm and finally freed Thursday and taken away. Just a couple miles from the gate on Fort Pickens Road is where the wind, rain and waves pushed the sand, as much as five feet deep, across the road.
A single lane cut through the sand allowed campers stranded at the fort during the storm to go home on Wednesday. Only the mid-section of the road that is closest to the gulf is still impassable.
The sand is being put back where it came from. It’s a slow process. What took Mother Nature only hours to accomplish will take work crews days to clean up. The road remains closed. Crews will work through the weekend, but it could be next week before it’s back open.
Another section of road that connects Pensacola Beach with Navarre was also closed because of the sand opened Thursday afternoon.