On Friday Aug 25 what would become one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history, Hurricane Harvey, made landfall in Texas. In some communities, more than 50 inches of rainfall flooded homes and businesses. Without mandatory evacuations, residents were caught without warning and needed to be rescued.
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept 10 and was the strongest storm ever measured in the open Atlantic. The death toll currently stands at 80, including 9 in Florida. The number of dead and missing is expected to rise as communications and access are gradually restored. Irma flattened entire communities, destroyed infrastructure and displaced families. 1.2 million people have been affected by damage to water infrastructure in the Caribbean. An estimated 20,000 children have been affected throughout the region and 17,000 people are in immediate need of shelter. Livelihoods, housing and infrastructure in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, the US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos have been severely affected.