This week Hurricane Ian brought unprecedented damage and destruction to nearly the entire state of Florida and then continued onto coastal South Carolina. By the time it's done, the storm will have significantly impacted the service areas of more than 20 of our Yellowstone Landscape branch locations. So great was the reach of Ian, officials estimate that the total cost of its damages may not be fully known for years.
Yellowstone Landscape has already begun working to clean up and restore our local communities and our clients’ properties. We began sending cleanup crews out market by market as soon as local authorities and conditions allowed us to safely do so. At the time of publishing, roadways in the areas served by many of our branch locations are still flooded and impassable. But we will continue to work with local officials to help expedite access to homes and through communities as soon as those floodwaters recede.
We are not currently aware of any injuries, health, or worse issues to any of our Yellowstone Landscape Professionals from the storm. However, many of our team members’ homes and several of our branch locations have been significantly damaged by the storm’s wind and flood waters. As we learn more about each of these situations, we’ll determine the appropriate additional help and support for our impacted colleagues.
The images we see from across Florida are absolutely heartbreaking. We are encouraging all our team members, suppliers, and partners to give whatever you can to help the people most impacted by Hurricane Ian, through a financial donation to any of these aid organizations:
The American Red Cross
Convoy of Hope
Volunteer Florida Foundation
Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP via CNN.com