Hurricane Matthew: Lessons Learned

  • Past Hurricanes Have Led to Tighter Rules

    It’s unclear what, if any, regulatory changes may happen as a result of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, but past storms have brought about more stringent building codes, dune ordinances and flood maps.

  • Living Shorelines Withstand Matthew’s Force

    Hurricane Matthew put living shorelines to the test, and proponents and scientists say the coastal management method that uses marsh grasses and oyster reefs to fight erosion worked as intended.

  • Gauging Matthew’s Environmental Damage

    Efforts to measure the environmental damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially the flooding that occurred in its wake continue, but officials are crediting lessons learned from previous storms.