Collier County was established nearly a century ago. It was named after Barron Collier, an advertising mogul, and real estate developer. In recent years its population has doubled from 1990 to 2010. The county is also the largest in Florida, in terms of square miles.
There are approximately 215,000 homes in the county. The vast majority of homes were built between 1960 through 2009.
The Collier climate is subtropical which lends itself to large numbers of very intense thunderstorms. Due to its large coastal boundary, it is subject to hurricane and tropical storm impacts. Southwest Florida has the second-highest amount of cyclonic activity in the state. The combination of severe thunderstorms and cyclonic activity coupled with very flat land lends itself to flooding.
Many older homes and buildings suffer severe property damage due to flooding. As a result, the water damage repair cost to property owners is usually in the thousands. Many of these structures were built prior to building codes.