The Sanibel Causeway was rendered completely impassable to vehicles. Less than a month later, it was open to traffic.
Barrier islands are critical to protecting mainland coasts by absorbing wave energy and bearing the brunt of storms. But development on the islands negates that critical purpose. That doesn’t mean the community doesn’t belong there. But it does obligate the planners and engineers involved in rebuilding to be thoughtful about the impacts hurricanes can have and how infrastructure can be made more resilient to them in the future.
Courtesy of Practical Engineering