Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
While most areas were largely affected by tree debris and structural damage, pockets of Bonita Springs were covered by feet of water for more than a week. Residents banded together to help one another, grouping up along Quinn Street, which received some of the worst of the flooding. One man piloted a boat to ferry people to their homes. Others kayaked, canoed or simply trudged through waist-high flood waters to salvage any personal belongings they could. As soon as the water receded, they grabbed hammers and pry bars and gutted homes where mold had
Like other great disasters before it, Irma left a mark on the communities that will be felt for years to come.
Dave Stroshein inspects the flooding in his shed at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, three days after Hurricane Irma. “I expected it to be gone,” he said of his trailer. “Entirely. I can tell it got a little beat up, but I can live with it.”
Southwest Florida communities reflect on their needs after Hurricane Irma.