Photo: Migrant Workers Given Shelter During Hurricane Irene
Though many have complained that law enforcement and government officials overreacted to Hurricane Irene, the threat it possessed was very real, and sent a number of the East Coast’s migrant workers to shelters.
Shelters were having trouble accommodating the bus loads of migrants being brought to shelters prior to and during the storm, requiring some shelters to bring in translators to be sure safety instructions were understood.
Many of the migrants work as seafood pickers along the coast, and subsequently, many of their homes were at risk of being flooded or other-wise damaged by the storm.
Each year, migrants head to the coast to pick up well-paying jobs with a six-month contract with companies like Captain Charlie’s Seafood Inc. in North Carolina.