After the Hurricane: Upheaval & Renewal

By Philip Walzer, published to Old Dominion University

 

In the last two months, Hurricanes Florence and Michael have caused Hampton Roads discomfort but little destruction.

Here are the stories of four Old Dominion employees and alumni who were less fortunate. They or their families faced hurricanes head-on and encountered dislocation, death, kindness and renewal.

‘A broken man whose world crumbled’

Joshua Behr works as a research associate professor with ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center. He focuses on preparing for and recovering from severe storms.

The subject has painful relevance for Behr. Maybe the cause wasn’t direct and the effect wasn’t immediate, but Behr believes Hurricane Katrina killed his father-in-law in Louisiana.