A Look Back At Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

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None of us at the Car Pro Show will ever forget the events that happened a year ago this Saturday.  It was distressing, to say the least, to be in Dallas unable to help the many listeners, friends, and dealers in South Texas.  I checked in with many of our dealers on a daily basis to assess the damage and check on their employees.

For weeks, we prioritized Houston callers during the show.  We were pre-empted for the first two weeks after the disaster, which only made it worse.  We helped hundreds, if not thousands, in the months to come, get new vehicles to replace those flooded.  Still today, I hear from people who lost vehicles in the flood, just now getting around to replacing them.

As the smoke cleared, here are the facts as we know them now:

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on August 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane with wind gusts exceeding 150 miles per hour. As Harvey moved inland, the forward motion of the storm slowed down and produced tremendous rainfall amounts over southeastern Texas, with 8-day rainfall amounts exceeding 60 inches in some locations, which is about 15 inches more than average annual amounts of rainfall for eastern Texas and the Texas coast.

Historic flooding occurred as a result of the widespread, heavy rainfall; wind and flood damages were estimated to be $125 billion, and the storm resulted in at least 68 direct fatalities.

Harvey ranks as the second-most costly hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900. Hurricanes Irma and Maria followed within a month of Harvey, affecting Florida, Puerto Rico, and much of the Caribbean, respectively causing $50 billion and $90 billion in damages.

The storm dumped more than 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas, making Harvey the wettest Atlantic hurricane ever measured. Some parts of Houston received more than 50 inches of rainfall — so much that the National Weather Service had to update the colors it uses on its weather charts to properly account for it.

This is hard to wrap your brain around:  With one-third of Houston completely flooded, the weight of the water also sank the city temporarily by two centimeters (almost an inch), according to a California geophysicist.

All of the soggy drywall, flooring, furniture, clothing, and toys trashed in the cleanup effort adds up to an estimated 8 million cubic yards of garbage in Houston alone, enough to fill up the Texans’ football stadium two times over.  When the smoke cleared, over one million cars were damaged or totaled.

As we look back on the devastation and sadness that still surrounds much of, the region, all of us at the Car Pro Show are thankful it was not worse than it was.

Here is a link to all the Hurricane Harvey stories we covered at the time: https://www.carprousa.com/?s=harvey

Photo Credit: michelmond/shutterstock 

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  1. Leonard 4 months ago

    The flooding was bad enough, if it would have had high winds, like Katrina, Rita and Ike. Houston would have had widespread power outages and the restoration , painfully long.

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