Hurricane Isabel in 2003 roughed up Chesapeake region with furious winds and surge of water

  • Dozens of homes were damaged at North Beach located directly on the Chesapeake at Calvert County, Md.
Aerial views of the day after Hurricane Isabel hit the Chesapeake region in 2003.

Aerial views of the day after Hurricane Isabel hit the Chesapeake region in 2003.
NO LOOTING ZONE - Home owners were well-armed to deal with the few looters who arrived to take advantage of the plight of others.

NO LOOTING ZONE – Home owners were well-armed to deal with the few looters who arrived to take advantage of the plight of others.

 

Hurricane Isabel's Revenge - a new boat replaced one lost in the hurricane.

Hurricane Isabel’s Revenge – a new boat replaced one lost in the hurricane.
Thinking about buying a home on St. George's Island on the Potomac? Residents were furious that deputies blocked them from returning to their homes to safeguard their property. After a bit of hell-raising with the Sheriff, residents were allowed back across the bridge from Piney Point.

Thinking about buying a home on St. George’s Island on the Potomac? Residents were furious that deputies blocked them from returning to their homes to safeguard their property. After a bit of hell-raising with the Sheriff, residents were allowed back across the bridge from Piney Point.
Dozens of homes were damaged at North Beach located directly on the Chesapeake at Calvert County, Md.

Dozens of homes were damaged at North Beach located directly on the Chesapeake at Calvert County, Md.
This bar at Sandgates, Md., on the Patuxent River found that customers needed rowboats.

This bar at Sandgates, Md., on the Patuxent River found that customers needed rowboats.
The owner of this rambling riverfront home might want to name it "River House" with boat parking underneath.

The owner of this rambling riverfront home might want to name it “River House” with boat parking underneath.
Courtney's Marina in Wynne, Md., was hit hard as the location on Smith Creek is exposed. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Courtney’s Marina in Wynne, Md., was hit hard as the location on Smith Creek is exposed. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Boaters have always visited Drift Inn on the Patuxent by water. The day after Isabel hit, they could float right into the dining room or the float-in window.

Boaters have always visited Drift Inn on the Patuxent by water. The day after Isabel hit, they could float right into the dining room or the float-in window.
Wicomico River off of the Potomac River took a direct hit as the hurricane crossed Virginia. This view is of Quade's Store at Bushwood Wharf. The store, shown at right, is built high off the water and suffered little damage.

Wicomico River off of the Potomac River took a direct hit as the hurricane crossed Virginia. This view is of Quade’s Store at Bushwood Wharf. The store, shown at right, is built high off the water and suffered little damage.
High tide in Compton, Md., where the popular restaurant Fitzie's Marina was wrecked in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel. The business was rebuilt.

High tide in Compton, Md., where the popular restaurant Fitzie’s Marina was wrecked in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel. The business was rebuilt.
The covered slips of Combs Creek Marina in Compton were uncovered by the winds of Isabel.

The covered slips of Combs Creek Marina in Compton were uncovered by the winds of Isabel.
St. Patrick's Creek Campground and Marina was ripped apart and boats shoved on shore in the 2003 visit from Isabel.

St. Patrick’s Creek Campground and Marina was ripped apart and boats shoved on shore in the 2003 visit from Isabel.
Many waterfront homes in the Chesapeake Bay region had a lot more water than before the storm struck.

Many waterfront homes in the Chesapeake Bay region had a lot more water than before the storm struck.
Swamps became creeks with a nine foot storm surge.

Swamps became creeks with a nine foot storm surge.
Some areas were hit hard while others nearby weren't affected due to the direction of the wind.

Some areas were hit hard while others nearby weren’t affected due to the direction of the wind.
When the water receded, many piers and seawalls were not damaged while others were wrecked.

When the water receded, many piers and seawalls were not damaged while others were wrecked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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