Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, pounded Houston and surrounding areas over the weekend, bringing with it devastating amounts of rain, which in some parts, have yet to cease. The National Weather Service forecasters expect some areas to see rainfall up to 50 inches—an historic amount for the state and possibly the worst flooding in U.S. history.
The New York Times reported that so far, five people have died and “many others injured and untold numbers of homes and businesses flooded, damaged or destroyed on both the coast and far further inland.”
Mark Liston, president of Glass Doctor, headquartered in Waco, Texas, about 200 miles from Houston, sent emails to those franchisee owners in affected areas. The reports back were bleak, though most say they and their staff are okay.
One Glass Doctor employee remains unaccounted for, and another has suggested his shop is a total loss, and he does not have flood insurance. The extent of the damage to their shops remains unknown, however, as many are isolated to their homes.
“I spoke with the employees yesterday, and everyone is safe and houses weren’t flooded,” says Artis Dickerson, manager at PGW Glass in Houston. “The Houston roads and highway are flooded. I have two employees who stay in Rosenberg where the bridge collapsed.” Dickerson says both employees are accounted for and safe.
Chris Pilcic, a Texas State Farm spokesperson, tweeted that more than five thousand claims have been filed by its customers, with auto and home damage being nearly equal and most cars can’t even be driven.
And that’s just one insurer.
Most shops are closed until further notice, but some are taking to social media to provide status updates, such as Pilkington Clear Advantage, which tweeted, “Houston & Beaumont locations closed today and will be closed until it is safe for employees to return #HoustonStrong.”
glassBYTEs.com reached out to several auto glass shops in the surrounding areas, but only a few have yet to respond.