After Irma, a Grim Sense of Déjà Vu in St. Augustine

The Florida city is no stranger to flooding, but back-to-back hits from hurricanes have left residents soaked, frustrated and worried about the future.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — This place calls itself the “Ancient City,” and, by the standards of American cities, that’s about right. St. Augustine is 452 years old, having been founded by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565.But residents are reckoning with stunning turn in its more recent history. Last October, Hurricane Matthew poured historic flooding into St. Augustine, inundating downtown, where Spanish colonial-style buildings and Gilded-age spires gleam over the b...