Hurricane Irma Recovery

Photo of chart for building a Long-Term Recovery Strategy for Hurricane Irma

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 in the hardest-hit areas in the Lower and Middle Keys. Due to the linear geography of the island chain, some parts of the Keys were hit harder than others. Hurricane Irma's eye made landfall over Cudjoe Key. NOAA's Hurricane Irma Summary

According to the Monroe County Medical Examiner, in the Florida Keys, 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. More than 40 injuries were reported after the storm.

Recovery

While Monroe County was responding to the aftermath of the hurricane in the weeks following the storm, some departments in the County were beginning to focus on post-disaster redevelopment. That focus has continued and will continue to help its residents and business owners recover.

With a full range of federal, state, local, non-profit and philanthropic dollars available to this disaster-devastated region, Monroe County is looking to provide a communitywide, unified vision for a safer, more resilient Florida Keys.

Extensive funding activities with tight timelines have been announced. More information about these funds can be found here: September 2019 Hurricane Recovery Update Newsletter or in the menu items. 

DEO to Host Public Workshop in Marathon

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced four additional regional public workshops to seek input for the use of more than $633 million in first-of-its-kind federal funding for mitigation projects in communities affected by hurricanes Hermine, Matthew or Irma. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing the funding through the newly created Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program.

DEO is hosting a series of public workshops across the state to provide more information on the newly created mitigation program and to solicit feedback and input for the use of the mitigation fundsThe full schedule for the seven regional public workshops is shown below. Visit RebuildFlorida.gov for announcements and updates related to upcoming public workshops.

The Monroe County workshop will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at 2 p.m.
  • Marathon City Hall Council Chambers
  • 9805 Overseas Highway
  • Marathon, FL 33050

Approximate Damage Assessment Results

The Approximate Damage Assessment Results from Hurricane Irma detail 1,179 homes were destroyed throughout the Keys, and another 2,977 homes suffered major damage of the 55,000 housing units in the Keys.

Of these numbers, the hardest-hit areas were the mobile homes, manufactured homes and RVs. The approximate damage assessment results for these type of homes include 378 suffering major damage and 666 destroyed.

In unincorporated Monroe County, approximately 727 homes were destroyed and another 1,034 homes are considered to have substantial damage, bringing the total number of homes that need to be rebuilt to 1,761.

Hurricane Irma dramatically demonstrated the benefit of investment in a hardened infrastructure. The primary roadway system, water, and wastewater systems remained largely resilient to these natural forces. The electrical grid and the communications system, however, remain highly vulnerable to wind and storm surge.

  1. Helene Wetherington

    Director of Disaster Recovery
    Phone: 305-504-3036

  2. Disaster Recovery

    Physical Address
    2798 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Phone: 305-289-2524