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BY MARY KATE MCGOWAN, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, NEWS
STRONG BUILDINGS, RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
STRATEGICALLY SUPPORTING COASTAL CITIES
ELEVEN MONTHS AFTER residents of Orange Beach, Ala., returned to their
homes to clean up the damage from Hurricane Ivan, they had to evacuate again
to flee Hurricane Katrina’s wrath in 2005.
The back-to-back hurricanes damaged hundreds of thousands of homes,
making it difficult for residents to resume their normal lives.
“When people can’t come back to their house, it affects that family, but it also
affects the city as a whole. You never really recover fully until you can get those
people back at home and back to work,” said Landon Smith, the City of Orange
Beach’s chief building official and floodplain administrator.
MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo
Gulf Coast again in
thousands of homes
and leaving other
Editor’s Note: HPB was published just as Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. Resiliency lessons learned from the powerful storm
will be discussed in future issues.