HOUSTON, TX – Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas Coast, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over, even up to this day. Lives were lost, families were displaced and businesses were literally gutted to the ground.
These natural disasters are obviously unavoidable, nature’s wrath takes a high toll wherever it hits and the consequences are no less than devastating. Almost a year after Hurricane Harvey dumped historic rains on Texas, the state will receive more than $5 billion for a range of flood control projects, repairs and studies, the Trump administration announced Thursday. The bulk of the funding — nearly $4 billion — will go toward the construction of nearly 27 miles of coastal levees in southern Orange County and to shore up nearly 30 miles of existing coastal levees in Port Arthur and Freeport.
That project is a significant component of a larger coastal protection system that local officials and scientists have long envisioned for the state to safeguard it from deadly storm surge during hurricanes.
“The billions allocated to Texas today is welcome news as we continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “This funding will go a long way toward future-proofing Texas against another hurricane and strengthening our infrastructure to withstand dangerous flooding.”
Much of the rest of money will pay for the completion of flood control projects in the Houston area that were already underway — some of them for more than two decades because of the Harris County Flood Control District’s pay-as-you-go approach — and to repair damages that those projects suffered during Harvey.
Which is where the problem lies when it comes to our story. The governments’ efforts are all well and good when it comes to all these prevention and infrastructure projects however, are there any funds allocated for businesses that got washed away by the flood back then? Take the case of Peter Wood, owner of United States Motor Carriers. Since Harvey, this hard working blue collared American has been struggling to jump start his business back into high gear. Despite gregarious efforts to get things going, circumstances have not always been favourable. If only a big gun in the logistics industry like Schneider National (NYSE: SNDR) could jump in and lend a fellow mover a little bit of
Sadly that is not the case, and that is why Peter wood has taken to GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/united-states-motor-carriers to appeal to your belief in the American spirit and support one of the true life bloods of American industry.
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Peter D. Wood