Mon Aug 28, 2017
When Tropical Storm Harvey hit Texas on Friday night, it took on the approach of a champion boxer, relentlessly battering its helpless victim with small jabs to the gut, surprise left hooks to the chin and a couple of devastating haymakers.
The difference in south Texas is there was no referee that stepped in and told Harvey that he won. Instead, Harvey continues to pummel the area, although reports are that he is tiring.
Of the many areas, neighborhoods and businesses affected by the storm, RV dealerships were not immune to the hits. Reports of many RVs being flipped and flooded on lots came through, while very few, if any, dealerships in the very southern point of Houston are open for business on Monday.
Amazing RVs in south Houston is one such business, where roadways are blocked and flooded, so employees could not get to work.
General Manager Kent Boggs says all 10 employees have been accounted for and are safe, but some of them took on a lot of water.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Boggs says. “I have three inches in my house, personally. We’re all cleaning up now. One of our employees’ parents’ house was completely totaled and is under water. All around our neighborhood you can see the destruction. The airport here is shut down.”
However, the business itself didn’t come under much damage. No product at this specific dealership was swept away or damaged and only a little water leaked through the facility. Boggs says water sometimes leaks through that area in a minor storm, so that was no surprise.
Boggs says he knows the dealerships further south toward the ocean were more adversely affected. Phone calls to several of those dealerships went unanswered.
In total, two people were confirmed to be killed by Tropical Storm Harvey over the weekend, while 30 to 40 people remained unaccounted for. About 30 people were being treated for injuries.
About six inches of rain fell on the city within three hours on Saturday night.
Tropical Storm Harvey has been classified as a Category 4 Hurricane, which is just the fourth Category 4 or 5 hurricane to hit the United States since 1970, according to a story by the USA Today.
RVDA has released some resources for people dealing with the hurricane damage. At least two dealership members are dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Harvey - Camper Clinic and Ron Hoover RV & Marine in Rockport, Texas. The Texas Recreation Vehicle Association is working with its members in the state to provide information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on available new units if needed for emergency shelter. FEMA administrator Brock Long says he anticipates 30,000 residents to be placed in temporary shelters.
For those interested, there are several ways to help:
RV Disaster Corps
RV Disaster Corps has put out a call for RVers to staff Volunteer Reception Centers. Volunteers with RV Disaster Corps assist people displaced by storms and help first responders. Because RV Disaster Corps volunteers have their own accommodations, they can relocate to the impacted area without requiring scarce local housings resources.
Other organizations on the ground with relief efforts are:
• American Red Cross. To donate visit www.redcross.org or call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Several RV dealerships have already pledged donations to the Red Cross.
• The Salvation Army: To donate visit www.givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.
• Catholic Charities USA: Visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.
RVDA will provide updates to members as more information becomes available.