Hurricane

Impact

Hurricane Rita (2005) destroyed an estimated 15,500 street trees in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange, with removal costs exceeding $7.4 million (Texas A&M Forest Service estimates, 2006)

Hurricane Ike (2008) killed 47 people in nine states and caused $24 billion in damage, making it the 3rd costliest hurricane in U.S. history.  Its saltwater storm surge killed as many as 40,000 landscape trees in Galveston, worth $48.6 million and equal to one-half the island’s tree cover. (Texas A&M Forest Service Survey, 2009)


The cost of replanting 25,000 trees over five years in Galveston is estimated to cost as much as $3.3 million (Galveston ReLeaf Plan, 2010)