Ivan's storm surge completely over-washed the island of Grand Cayman, where an estimated 95% of the buildings were damaged or destroyed. Surge heights of 10-15 feet occurred along the Gulf coast during Ivan's first U.S. landfall.
This report provides an assessment of damages to the beaches and dunes and coastal construction of the Panhandle region of Florida’s coast as a result of Hurricane Ivan and provides preliminary recommendations for post-storm response activities.
On Friday September 17, 2004, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted an aerial photographic survey of the barrier islands in Alabama and Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Ivan. The photographs have been compared to pre-storm photographs to illustrate extreme coastal change.