AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’

A comparison of the landscape right after Hurricane Irma and now

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With more storms brewing in the Atlantic, the last thing locals want or need is an exhaustive account of last year’s natural disaster. With that in mind, the Weekly Newspaper is hitting the high points — the eight things you need to know about Hurricane Irma, and some visual reminders of what it looked like right after the storm as compared to now. GFY Irma.

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A small boat in the water - MarathonAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A bunch of birds that are standing in the water - Open Water

The Sea Breeze Trailer Park, at MM 87 in Islamorada, was one of the hardest hit areas of the Upper Keys. Of the nearly 40,000 homes in the Keys affected by the storm, 1,179 were destroyed.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A sign on the side of a dirt field - FenceAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A truck driving down a dirt road - Florida Keys

Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo was used as a staging area for hurricane debris after Irma. It’s been announced that it will once again be put to use to stage debris hauled out of canals.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A boat docked at a dock - BoatAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A boat docked at a dock - Yacht

The City of Marathon Marina and Boot Key Harbor took a beating during Hurricane Irma and staff has worked incredibly hard to put it back together.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A house covered in grass - Florida KeysAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A wooden pier next to a beach - Florida Keys

The hurricane-driven sand almost covered the tops of the picnic tables at Sombrero Beach in Marathon. FEMA recently approved a plan to restore the beach to what it was, but the City of Marathon must wait until it has the $1.4 million in the bank.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A chair sitting in front of a building - Florida KeysAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A large white building - House

Both of these oceanfront homes near 85th Street in Marathon were completely blown out. The one in the foreground looks livable again.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A small boat in a body of water - Open WaterAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A wooden boat in a body of water - Florida Keys

The boats were blown from east to west and stacked up along the Boot Key Bridge in the Middle Keys. A trio of agencies were responsible for removing the navigation hazards.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A small house in a pool of water - Open WaterAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A house with trees in the background - Florida Keys

The canal between 96th and 97th streets in Marathon was choked with debris. Some of the debris floated out on the tide, some sank to the bottom, and more is being systematically removed by contracted professionals.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A boat parked on the side of a building - Open WaterAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A group of people sitting at a dock - Open Water

The canal between Avenues I and J on Big Pine Key is one of roughly 100 heavily impacted canals still full of debris, but it’s being cleaned by Adventure Environmental through a federal grant.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A small boat in a yard - Palm treesAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A person standing in front of a building - Florida Keys

The top level of the Thomans’ three-story storage building toppled over onto the first level after the middle blew out during Irma. Their boat, an Island Hopper named Little Suzie II, rose up out of the canal where it was docked and floated about 50 yards away to a neighbor’s yard.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A truck driving down a dirt road - BoatAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A pile of dirt in front of a truck - Florida Keys

Insulation, sheetrock and other debris fill the side yard of Joan and George Thoman’s Avenue I home on Big Pine Key. It took months and plenty of volunteer help to clear the property, after which the home, along with another house, was leveled. The Thomans plan on rebuilding both.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A large lawn in front of a house - HouseAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a wooden house - Florida Keys

This Ramrod home, which is one lot removed from the open water, is in the process of being repaired. The homeowners also righted the palm tree.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A house with a fence in front of a building - HouseAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A group of people in front of a house - House

Lots of big, very old banyan trees fell in Old Town, this one on Margaret Street just missing the house. The house and street have been restored to mint condition.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A street with cars parked on the side of a building - Southernmost Point of the Continental USAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A bicycle parked on the side of a building - Rowell's Waterfront Park

Applerouth Lane, home to Mary Ellen’s Bar, was impassable after Hurricane Irma. Now, it’s back to business as usual.

 

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A bottle of water on a beach with Southernmost point buoy in the background - Southernmost Point of the Continental USAN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’ - A sign on a beach with Southernmost point buoy in the background - Southernmost Point of the Continental US

The Southernmost Point of the United States received a beating from Hurricane Irma winds and rain, removing a chunk of the landmark. It was repaired and repainted in the months after.

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