Recovery and Cleanup in Florida After Hurricane Ian

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Recovery and Cleanup in Florida After Hurricane Ian

One week since Hurricane Ian made landfall, Florida officials have reported more than 100 storm-related deaths across 10 counties. Ian struck as a category 4 hurricane and was one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States—its floodwaters are still receding today. Recovery efforts continue, even as residents return to their homes to salvage what they can and start the work of clearing debris and rebuilding. Gathered below are images from recent days showing the widespread damage, rescue workers and volunteers, and residents affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida.

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  • An aerial photograph of a flooded trailer park

    An aerial photograph of a flooded trailer park in Arcadia, Florida, on October 4, 2022, seen after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction.
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  • Several caged dogs are strapped onto the external cargo platform of a helicopter as it lifts off.

    Several caged dogs are strapped onto the external cargo platform of a helicopter as owner Paul Koch is evacuated by helicopter by members of mediccorps.org, who arrived with two helicopters, paramedics, and volunteers to help evacuate residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Pine Island, Florida, on October 1, 2022. The only bridge to the island is heavily damaged, so it can only be reached by boat or air.
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    Gerald Herbert / AP

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  • An aerial view of storm-damaged island neighborhoods and a destroyed causeway

    An aerial picture taken on September 30, 2022, shows the only access to the Matlacha neighborhood destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida.
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    Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty

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  • A person works on clearing piles of storm debris, with a grounded boat in the background.

    People clear storm debris in Fort Myers Beach on September 30, 2022.
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  • A man holds his arms out inside a storm-damaged trailer home.

    A man reacts inside his destroyed trailer home in Matlacha on October 1, 2022.
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    Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty

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  • Floodwater flows across a state highway.

    Floodwaters from the Peace River rush over State Road 70 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Arcadia, Florida, on October 3, 2022.
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    Gerald Herbert / AP

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  • People load household supplies into a small boat at a dock.

    People load supplies onto a boat to be taken to Pine Island on October 4, 2022, in Matlacha, Florida. With the roads to the island made impassable by Hurricane Ian, and electricity and water knocked out, people are carrying supplies to the island by boat.
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    Joe Raedle / Getty

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  • About a dozen people stand around tables in a kitchen, preparing many sandwiches.

    Volunteers with the Metropolitan Ministries World Central kitchen in Tampa, Florida, prepare sandwiches that will go to Hurricane Ian survivors, on September 30, 2022.
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    Chris O’Meara / AP

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  • An aerial view of many cars lined up outside a parking lot

    Vehicles line up to receive donated supplies distributed by the Cajun Navy in the wake of Hurricane Ian on October 3, 2022, in Fort Myers.
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  • A view of storm debris and destroyed trailer homes

    Debris and destroyed trailer homes are seen in Fort Myers Beach on October 2, 2022.
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    Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty

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  • A twin-rotor military helicopter carries a vehicle beneath it with a sling.

    A helicopter carries a vehicle as the Florida Army National Guard continues to help people in the wake of Hurricane Ian on October 3, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach.
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  • Seven rescue workers pick through a large pile of storm debris.

    Members of the Miami-Dade Florida Task Force 1 Search and Rescue team look through a pile of debris for victims on October 4, 2022, in Matlacha.
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  • A woman hold a small child in her arms outside a building, with storm damage visible in the background.

    A woman holds her grandson in her arms outside their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on San Carlos Island, Florida, on October 1, 2022.
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  • The tires of a submerged car are visible in a body of water.

    A vehicle sits in water after Hurricane Ian passed through on September 30, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach.
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    Joe Raedle / Getty

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  • A person uses a towel to handle a large parrot.

    Alexis Highland handles a parrot that is being evacuated from the Malama Manu Sanctuary in Pine Island, Florida, on October 4, 2022. Hundreds of birds had to be rescued from the sanctuary after Hurricane Ian swept through the area.
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    Robert Bumsted / AP

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  • A half-dozen small boats are piloted toward homes on a low-lying island.

    Boats operated by resident Good Samaritans help evacuate residents who stayed behind on Pine Island, in Matlacha, on October 2, 2022. The only bridge to the island is heavily damaged, so Pine Island can only be reached by boat or air.
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    Gerald Herbert / AP

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  • A view from an aircraft of several other aircraft flying above a Florida city

    In this image taken through a window, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden take an aerial tour above Fort Myers of storm-ravaged areas after Hurricane Ian passed through, on October 5, 2022.
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    Olivier Douliery / AP

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  • An aerial view of a storm-damaged neighborhood along several canals

    An aerial view of a storm-damaged community in St. James City, Florida, on Pine Island, on September 30, 2022.
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    Gerald Herbert / AP

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  • A person stands on railroad tracks surrounded by water, looking into the distance, where the tracks appear to warp and collapse into rubble following flooding.

    Mac Martin looks at flooding along the railroad tracks at the Peace River on October 4, 2022, in Arcadia, Florida. Fifty miles inland, and nearly a week after Hurricane Ian made landfall on the gulf coast of Florida, the record-breaking floodwaters in the area are receding to reveal the storm’s full effects.
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    Sean Rayford / Getty

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  • A storm-damaged storefront, with its interior and rear walls completely blown out by the hurricane

    A destroyed 7-Eleven store is seen in Fort Myers Beach on October 3, 2022.
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    Joe Raedle / Getty

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  • People stack items from a flooded home on the curb.

    People stack items from a flooded home on the curb in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in New Smyrna Beach on October 3, 2022.
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    Jim Watson / AFP / Getty

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  • An aerial view of a section of road washed away by flooding

    A road, destroyed by Hurricane Ian, photographed in Brownville, Florida, on October 4, 2022.
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    Marco Bello / Reuters

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  • Two rescue workers use a fan boat to carry a person out of a flooded neighborhood.

    A rescue team evacuates a resident in a neighborhood flooded by the rising Myakka River on October 1, 2022, in North Port, Florida.
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  • Two people help someone inside a fire station.

    Ced Franklin is assisted at the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Station 1 before being evacuated on October 2, 2022.
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    Marco Bello / Reuters

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  • Heavy equipment is used to clear large piles of storm debris.

    Workers and residents clear debris from a destroyed bar on San Carlos Island in Fort Myers after Hurricane Ian passed through, on October 1, 2022.
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    Giorgio Viera / AFP / Getty

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  • A person stands with their eyes closed inside a storm-damaged house.

    Temple Condon stands inside her storm-damaged home in Fort Myers Beach on October 3, 2022.
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    Marco Bello / Reuters

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