Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico leading to massive disaster recovery needs. The tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide of 2017. Maria was the thirteenth named storm, eighth consecutive hurricane, fourth major hurricane, second Category 5 hurricane. Additionally it is the deadliest storm of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean. It lead to compounding disaster recovery efforts in many areas. Maria was the third consecutive major hurricane to threaten the Leeward Islands in two weeks. This happened right after Irma had made landfall in several of the islands two weeks prior and Hurricane Jose passed dangerously close shortly afterwards, bringing tropical storm force winds to Barbuda.
Originating from a tropical wave, Maria became a tropical storm on September 16, east of the Lesser Antilles. Highly favorable environmental conditions allowed the storm to undergo explosive intensification as it approached the island. Widespread flooding was reported, with dozens of cars half-submerged in some neighborhoods and many streets turned into rivers. People calling local radio stations reported that doors were being torn off their hinges and a water tank flew away. As soon as hurricane Maria passed, all residents and entities knew Hurricane Maria recovery plan must be developed. Disaster Recovery plans were immediately developed by local and national entities.
Puerto Rico Recovery
EE&G was retained by FEMA and local institutions such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers to provide emergency response services after the impact of Hurricane Maria. The emergency response and Puerto Rico recovery project started October 10th, 2017. Hurricane Maria Recovery plan includes all necessary phases. Such recovery plan generated more than 1000 employment opportunities in the island, including engineers to general labor workers. As a leading company in disaster restoration and remediation EE&G will be restoring over 25,000 properties in 2017-2018.