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100+ cars stuck on beach, some flooded as high tide hits

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - Hundreds of cars got stuck in the sand of Huguenot Memorial Park Sunday afternoon, some for as long as three hours.

 The cars were flooded... not because of a storm... but due to high tide.  Some cars were clearly submerged. 

First Coast News reported that the same problem was happening on Monday afternoon -- Memorial Day -- even though folks had a scare the day before.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's office had to close the park Sunday, and officers had to direct traffic to keep others out. 

Many of the park goers said it was a scary scene.  According to the park's website, visitors are allowed to park and drive on the beach. 

One woman on Sunday took dozens of photos and some video of the scene to document her SUV's loss for her insurance company.

She explained that one or two vehicles became stuck, causing a massive traffic jam on the narrow beach -- not allowing anyone to move to higher ground.

"It was crazy. And we sat there for so long and it just kept getting higher and we were only moving a couple inches at a time ... then we'd sit again and wait forever. It was a little scary," wrote Lavinia Briley on Facebook.

Another woman explained her frustration, too.

"Sunday Funday gone BAD. Cars haven't moved in 2 hours, high tide is in 30 min and all these cars are stuck in the sand," wrote Nicole Rodriguez Figueroa, who took a photo and posted it on Facebook.

Another person on Facebook said they were not warned:

"Horrible day today we were not warned of the tide coming in and it took about 2 hrs to get off the beach cars stuck and no help from park officials. ......it was a chaotic mess......thanks for not sending anyone to help us.......thanks to all the beach goers including my husband for helping get the vehicles that were stuck out of the water and sand and working together to find a way to get everyone off the beach safely."
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