|February 13, 2005 marked the 6 month anniversary of Hurricane Charley. I decided to take a look around town and see how the local area had recovered from the hurricanes of 2004. For the most part, the commercial areas were nearly back to normal with little evidence of the hurricanes' passage. The primary exception was in the large commercial signage that lines the main roads. The hurricanes took a terrible toll on these signs, leaving just empty frames standing. By February, most of the sign repair had been completed, but some work remained.|
|It was in the residential areas that the legacy of the hurricanes remained. Many homes continued to have tarps covering damaged roofs. A number still had windows boarded.|
I drove around to some of the same residential areas I had visited immediately following Charley's passage. The following photo presentation is a sort of before-and-after montage. In each pair of photos, the first image was taken in August, shortly after the hurricane. The second photo was taken on February 13...the 6 month anniversary. In some instances, the home was beyond repair, and has since been razed to the ground. In others, the huge trees that towered over the landscape had been removed, but much work was still needed on the home itself. On still others, things look much the same as they did right after the storm moved through.
More Pictures "6 Months Later"
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