Hurricane Irma Recovery
Hurricane Irma: The Destruction
Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 132 mph and storm surge up to 8 feet. Due to the linear geography of the island chain, some parts of the Keys were hit harder than others. The brunt of the damage was sustained in the Lower Keys, from about Mile Marker 10 to 40 and near where Irma's eye made landfall over Cudjoe Key.
- Check out NOAA's Hurricane Irma Summary
In Monroe County, three victims drowned during the Hurricane and another 14 people died due to Hurricane-related causes, including being unable to obtain life-saving medical treatment, according to the Monroe County Medical Examiner. More than 40 injuries were reported after the storm.
Monroe County estimates that 1,179 homes were destroyed throughout the Keys, and another 2,977 homes suffered major damage of the total 55,000 housing units in the Keys. Of these numbers, the hardest-hit areas were the mobile homes, manufactured homes and RVs where 378 sustained major damage and 666 were destroyed.
Hurricane Irma dramatically demonstrated the benefit of investment in a hardened infrastructure. The primary roadway system, water and waste water systems remained largely resilient to these natural forces. The electrical grid and the communications system, however, remain highly vulnerable to wind and storm surge.
Hurricane Irma: The Recovery
While Monroe County was responding to the aftermath of the hurricane in the weeks following the storm, some people in the County already were beginning to focus on post disaster redevelopment. That focus has continued the past year and a half and will continue to help its residents and business owners recover.
We must collaborate across all sectors of the community to continue to focus on building resiliency and face the wide-ranging challenges left by Hurricane Irma. With a full range of federal, state, local, non-profit and philanthropic dollars available to this disaster-devastated region, we are looking to provide a community-wide, unified vision for a safer, more resilient Florida Keys.
The Five Parts of Irma Recovery
- Housing Assistance
- Meeting Victim Needs
- Rebuilding Our Community Infrastructure
- Restoring Our Environment
- Business and Tourism Revitalization