Staging area for salvaged boats on Watson Island, Miami, following Hurricane Irma.
Hurricanes can cause extensive damage when they strike coastal areas, and OR&R’s focus is on pollution from oil and chemicals that may be released into the environment during such a weather event. In the wake of a hurricane, OR&R also focuses on marine debris. OR&R assesses and coordinates the removal of marine debris which may include vessels that block vital waterways, as well as other derelict vessels in and around coastal areas. This image collection includes recent photos from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as those from Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, Isaac, and Sandy.