An Overview of Hurricane Damage to Military Facilities and the Storm Recovery Role Played by the Southern Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command

by Edward H. Stehmeyer, Jr., Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Hurricane Hugo struck a major blow to the military's shore facilities at Charleston, SC and Sumter, SC. The Air Force Base at Myrtle Beach, SC suffered only minor damage. At the South Carolina military bases, no one was killed or seriously injured, but 4600 housing units were damaged, most of the electrical utility distribution was destroyed, and approximately 1000 industrial/operational buildings sustained varying degrees of damage. The cost to repair these facilities has approached $250 million. Throughout the recovery, the Southern Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command has played a significant role in designing and contracting for construction and repairs to the military's shore establishment. This paper will outline the NAVFAC mission, overview the extent of damage to the Navy and Air Force facilities, discuss the hurricane damage to the Navy's waterfront facilities and review the Naval Construction Force's (SEABEE's) role in the recovery.

Subject Headings: Military engineering | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Light rail transit | Storms | Buildings | Rehabilitation | Shores | Construction management | South Carolina | United States

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