Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria damaged or destroyed historic structures, housing, visitor centers, ferry boats, levees, boardwalks, docks, trails, roads, dams, bridges and lodging at many national parks. Storms harmed natural habitat, threatening water quality, affecting wildlife and making communities more vulnerable to future storm surges. National parks bring people together. These beloved destinations inspire millions of visitors, and create dependable regional tourism economies. We must rebuild the places that were devastated by these storms.
U. S. Virgin Islands
The six national park sites in the Caribbean experienced significant damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Each site closed for extended periods without electricity or water, displacing park staff due to destroyed housing. The recovery of these national parks is directly linked to the economic recovery of these islands.
Nine national parks in Florida sustained damaged from Hurricane Irma. Historic structures, staff housing, visitor centers, ferry boats, levees, boardwalks, docks, trails and roads were damaged or destroyed.
Hurricane Irma caused a considerable amount of structural damage, flooding, downed trees and extended closures at national parks in Georgia, specifically at the parks along the Atlantic coast.
National parks across South Carolina closed for days or weeks with most experiencing some flooding and downed trees from Hurricane Irma. Fort Sumter held four feet of standing water as a result of near-record flooding.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Middle Texas Coast and stalled in the region for days bringing record rainfalls, damaging winds and deadly floods.