FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2022) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s 55th chief of engineers visited the Fort Myers Beach, Florida area to tour the damage from Hurricane Ian, a ferocious storm that struck the southwestern coast a week ago, unleashing widespread destruction of homes and businesses.

Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, took an aerial tour of the hurricane damage over Fort Myers Beach and received various briefings from his Emergency Management Operations team on the support the Corps of Engineers is providing.

Photos show damaged shrimp boats and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers. Hurricane Ian left this Fort Myers marina destroyed, with boats flung around and piers damaged.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Florida,” said Spellmon. “Our priority is life, health and safety of all who are affected by Hurricane Ian.”
Florida was pummeled and flooded as a massive Hurricane Ian came ashore Wednesday, Sept. 28, bringing pounding storm surge, powerful wind and relentless rainfall from the southwestern coast up along the I-4 passage and into the Carolinas.

Spellmon said USACE is working in partnership with the local, state and federal response to Hurricane Ian. More than 800 USACE personnel and contractors are deployed and engaged, on the ground in Florida supporting emergency response operations such as temporary emergency power, infrastructure assessments and Operation Blue Roof with local, state, and federal partners in the affected areas.