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Hurricane Katrina and Montgomery's Collections

 
   
 


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On the evening of Thursday, August 25th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina traveled across south Florida, bisecting Miami-Dade County, producing large amounts of rain (up to 20" in some areas) and wind gusts exceeding 90 mph. MBC, located near the coast in Coral Gables (southwest of the City of Miami), was significantly impacted.

Once the collections were assessed, the magnitude of the damage was better understood. Following are data of plants damaged or destroyed by the storm.

    Destroyed Damaged1 Toppled2
..... Cycads 0 34 67
..... Palms 48 899 207
..... Dicots 85 296 124
  Total
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133 1,229 398
  1. This category includes plants that sustained damage to leaves/branches and/or buds and require trimming.
  2. Plants in this category are either leaning or completely toppled, but they have a good chance of surviving once they are righted and staked.

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Below are links to two photo pages showing some of the damage sustained by the collections and MBC's cleanup and recovery efforts.

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