Between the Wood and Tide - PhMuseum

Between the Wood and Tide

Bryan Anselm

2016 - Ongoing

On October 10th Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, killing dozens of people and destroying nearly 60 miles of Gulf Coast towns. The aftermath of the storm left tens of thousands of people homeless and was the most intense U.S. hurricane to make landfall since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Weeks after the storm, residents continued to live in homes without roofs, walls or electricity, while others were just able to return to find their homes and neighborhoods destroyed. The permanent displacement due to the storm is not yet known, but more than 4 percent of the Florida Keys’ population never returned after Hurricane Irma, forcing thousands of people to find homes elsewhere. Hurricane Florence produced record rainfall and river flooding which forced the sustained evacuation of communities throughout the Carolinas for weeks after the storm passed. The American Red Cross estimates thousands have been left without permanent housing and are currently displaced months after these storms.

Scientists regularly release data illustrating the effects climate change has on these storms and argue they will continue to intensify in the coming years. As they continue to intensify, so will rates of permanent displacement throughout coastal communities.

This project is ongoing and is a document of the long-term effects multiple hurricanes have had on Americans throughout the United States.

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  • A home which overlooked the Gulf of Mexico was torn apart by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on November 16, 2018.

  • Kasmira Bhakta (left) and her husband Jayesh Bhakta (right) pose for a portrait in the living room of their home which was destroyed by storm surge from Hurricane Michael in St. Joe Beach, Florida on November 17, 2018. The waves carried the front wall of their house and most of their belongings into their front yard.

  • Trent Brown poses for a portrait in floodwaters after the landfall of Hurricane Matthew caused flooding which killed several and stranded hundreds of residents in Lumberton, North Carolina on October 10, 2016. Brown used a boat to help neighbors evacuate from their homes.

  • Mexico Beach homes along an inlet which were completely destroyed by Hurricane Michael on November 18, 2018.

  • Stephanie Caldera poses for a portrait by a canal which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in her backyard in Islamorada, Florida on September 13, 2017.

  • The back of an elevated 'hurricane-proof' home which was torn away by Hurricane Michael's storm surge in Mexico Beach, Florida on November 17, 2018.

  • A rescue worker prepares rope to attach to a boat which was used to rescue two dogs after the landfall of hurricane Matthew caused flooding which killed several and stranded hundreds of residents in Lumberton, North Carolina on October 10, 2016.

  • Left - Leslie Costin Jennewein looks through her mother, Sylvia Costin's, belongings after Hurricane Michael destroyed the home in Port St. Joe, Florida.

    Right - Sylvia Costin's belongins that were collected by her daughters sit in a pile after they were thrown throughout the house and yard by the storm.

  • A shoe in Sylvia Costin's front yard after Hurricane Michael destroyed her house in Port St. Joe, Florida on November 18, 2018.

  • A view of an abandoned home which was crushed by a tree brought down by hurricane Matthew in Pawleys Island, South Carolina on October 9, 2016.

  • A boy rides his bike through floodwaters due to the storm surge from Hurricane Florence in Washington, North Carolina on September 15, 2018.

  • A flower bed in front of a home that was flooded by the Lumber River due to rainfall from Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018.

  • Damage to homes by wind, storm surge and flooding throughout the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael left behind widespread, severe damage to nearly 60 miles of coastal communities.

  • The Brown family from Jacksonville, North Carolina poses for a portrait at a Motel 6 hotel after fleeing Hurricane Florence in Cary, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

  • Lee Roy Scott with his dog Bella (right) poses for a portrait while surveying damage to his neighborhood due to storm surge flooding from Hurricane Florence in Washington, North Carolina on September 15, 2018.

  • Sam Clark poses for a portrait in his yard after Hurricane Irma destroyed his home in Big Pine Key, Florida on September 13, 2017. Clark was one of the few Big Pine Key residents who stayed in his home throughout the storm.

  • A resident holds open the drapes of her home to reveal a palm tree that broke through her window as Hurricane Irma passed over in Big Pine Key, Florida on September 13, 2017.

  • Left - Jason Harris looks at damage in his yard in Panama City, Florida.

    Right - A piano in Sylvia Costin's home which was overturned by storm surge in Port St. Joe, Florida.

  • Marion Costin Coffey poses for a portrait in her childhood home which was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Port St. Joe, Florida on November 18, 2018.

  • The Gulf of Mexico seen from the structure of a destroyed home in Mexico Beach, Florida on November 16, 2018.


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