With storm looming, look back at damage in Boca/Delray from Hurricane Wilma

It’s been more than 10 years since a hurricane last made landfall in Florida.

With the threat of a Category 4 storm looming, we’ve compiled a collection of photographs that documented the devastation of the last hurricane: Wilma, a Category 3 when it hit Florida’s west coast that simmered down to a strong Category 2 by the time it touched down in Palm Beach County.

It caused approximately $150 billion in damage and left a path of devastation. Here’s what Boca Raton and Delray Beach looked like post-Wilma:

(Staff photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON - Dr. Samuel Alhadeff stands outside in his damaged screen enclosure from Hurricane Wilma in the Woods Walk community in Boca Raton.

(Staff photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
BOCA RATON – Dr. Samuel Alhadeff stands outside in his damaged screen enclosure from Hurricane Wilma in the Woods Walk community in Boca Raton.

 

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH - Carver Estates resident Jerry Franklin (cq) stands in his bedroom after the ceiling in his apartment collapsed during Hurricane Wilma in Delray Beach Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Almost every bit of his apartment's ceiling and its insulation are on the floor and furniture, causing Franklin to sleep in his car in the complex's parking lot at night. Although the buildings have already been condemned and the residents will be moved, the damage suffered through the last storm rubbed salt into the wounds of many living there.

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post)
DELRAY BEACH – Carver Estates resident Jerry Franklin (cq) stands in his bedroom after the ceiling in his apartment collapsed during Hurricane Wilma in Delray Beach Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Almost every bit of his apartment’s ceiling and its insulation are on the floor and furniture, causing Franklin to sleep in his car in the complex’s parking lot at night. Although the buildings have already been condemned and the residents will be moved, the damage suffered through the last storm rubbed salt into the wounds of many living there.

 

Vladimir Meskheli, 13, helps haul hurricane debris from his yard, including a street sign, to a pile on Boca Entrada Blvd. in far southwest suburban Boca Raton Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005. (AP Photo/The Palm Beach Post, Chris Matula)

Vladimir Meskheli, 13, helps haul hurricane debris from his yard, including a street sign, to a pile on Boca Entrada Blvd. in far southwest suburban Boca Raton Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005.
(AP Photo/The Palm Beach Post, Chris Matula)

 

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON - A plane owner tries to find his particular one in a flattened hangar at Boca Raton Municipal Airport after Hurricane Wilma smashed several storage facilities on its way through Boca Raton Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. Models from twin-engine business jets to biplanes were wrecked.

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post)
BOCA RATON – A plane owner tries to find his particular one in a flattened hangar at Boca Raton Municipal Airport after Hurricane Wilma smashed several storage facilities on its way through Boca Raton Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. Models from twin-engine business jets to biplanes were wrecked.

 

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH - Calvin Rolle now has his own street corner to sit on after picking up a set of street signs and placing them on his front porch in Delray Beach Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. Hurricane Wilma blew almost all the street signs in his neighborhood down, causing a little confusion for those unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Calvin was out watching the line for emergency relief supplies form down his block.

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post)
DELRAY BEACH – Calvin Rolle now has his own street corner to sit on after picking up a set of street signs and placing them on his front porch in Delray Beach Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. Hurricane Wilma blew almost all the street signs in his neighborhood down, causing a little confusion for those unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Calvin was out watching the line for emergency relief supplies form down his block.

 

(Staff photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH - Traffic lights lie in the middle of A1A as winds from Hurricane Wilma whip down East Atlantic Avenue at the ocean Monday afternoon, as winds resumed after the eye passed over Palm Beach County.

(Staff photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
DELRAY BEACH – Traffic lights lie in the middle of A1A as winds from Hurricane Wilma whip down East Atlantic Avenue at the ocean Monday afternoon, as winds resumed after the eye passed over Palm Beach County.

 

(Photo by Eliza Gutierrez / The Palm Beach Post) DELRAY BEACH-- Clebeil Sousa hauls old shingles from the roof of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Delray Beach. The church structure suffered significant roof and water damage from Hurricane Wilma and the Nov. 1st storm that followed and is getting a new roof.

(Photo by Eliza Gutierrez / The Palm Beach Post)
DELRAY BEACH– Clebeil Sousa hauls old shingles from the roof of St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Delray Beach. The church structure suffered significant roof and water damage from Hurricane Wilma and the Nov. 1st storm that followed and is getting a new roof.