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What Went Wrong > Miami Herald, December 20, 1992 > Page 1 | by danxoneil
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What Went Wrong > Miami Herald, December 20, 1992 > Page 1

This aerial photograph tells the story. Hurricane Andrew did not ravage all neighborhoods equally.

 

Wood-framed houses in Country Walk, at the top of the photo, were devastated.

 

The more flimsy Dadeland Mobile Home Park, just below it, was leveled. Roger Homes, to the right, were severely damaged.

 

Houses in Mediterranea, below the mobile home park, were badly damaged.

 

But the concrete-block Munne Estates, the houses with the distinctive red-tiled roofs, survived the storm relatively intact.

 

The pattern was repeated throughout South Dade. Damage followed the rigid lines of subdivisions, not the whimsy of wind. Construction quality and design largely determined the degree of hurricane damage.

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