HURRICANE IAN – September 2022
Hurricane Ian was a large and powerful category 5 hurricane, weakening just slightly to a strong category 4 with sustained winds of 150mph on Cayo Costa, Florida. Ian was the third-costliest weather disaster on record and the deadliest hurricane to make landfall in the state of Florida since the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. A 10-15 ft storm surge swept over the barrier islands of Ft. Myers, Sanibel and Captiva islands, knocking out the bridge access to these locations in the process. Catastrophic damage occurred with well over 50,000 buildings heavily damaged or destroyed. A total of 2.7 million Florida residents lost power from Ian and total damages are estimated to be near $113 billion.
Macro’s response to Ian was the 2nd largest deployment in our history, by the number of assets deployed. A total of 425 trucks were in the field as well as 35 potable water tankers with nearly 600 personnel in the field. Total length of this event was 6 months.
Macro quickly ramped up for this unexpected turn of events, and over 100 fuel and water assets were deployed in the state. This was the first event Macro sourced potable water tankers on a large scale, and is recognized as the start of the Macro Potable Water Division.