Savannah's Experience with Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in the Wakes of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. EDT
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In an eleven month time span, Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, both Category 5 hurricanes, prompted mass evacuations and brought widespread destruction to the Southeastern United States. A panel composed of local planners, emergency management personnel and CORE MPO staff will discuss the local response to both storms—what went right, what went wrong, lessons learned, and how we are adapting to what could be the new normal. If time allows, a case study of US Highway 80 will be highlighted. Completed in 1923 to provide access to Savannah’s beach communities, US 80/Tybee Road, now experiences reoccurring inundation and closures in the absence of storms during peak high tides.
Rachel Hatcher, AICP
Jane Love, AICP
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