The moat around Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, has once again been filled. But rather than protecting from attackers, this time, it was the attacker that did the filling. The 17th-century Spanish fort came under siege by Mother Nature last week as Hurricane Matthew brushed the Florida coast, bringing pelting rains, high surf and storm surge. The moat was normally left dry by the Spanish unless an attack was imminent, says Castillo de San Marcos National Monument staff, but could be filled be filled with sea water by opening flood gates on the seawall.


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