One year ago, South Florida awoke to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma.
The storm had slammed into the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, bringing catastrophic winds and rain. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm surge and tide produced flooding of 5 to 8 feet in the Lower Keys and winds reached 120-mph in Big Pine Key.
The storm left piles of torn down trees, couches, porta-potties, refrigerators, furniture and other debris across the islands.
Over the past year, South Florida has worked to rebuild. WLRN's Sundial producers traveled to the Keys to talk to Lynda Wells, Douglas Mader and Brian Vest, three Florida Keys residents with one mission: to help improve the lives of people in their community after the hurricane.
You can hear/read their stories below.