Harvey’s Rains and Flooding Continue in Texas; Effects on Local Window and Door Industry Still Uncertain

Window & Door
August 30, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring heavy rains and catastrophic flooding to Houston and other parts of southeast Texas, according to a report this morning from the National Weather Service. The storm, which first hit the Gulf Coast on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, has created life-threatening and devastating flood conditions in the area. According to the NWS, Harvey could produce more than 50 inches of rainfall in some locations before it moves out of the area. Reports indicate that the storm marks the most extreme rain event in the country’s history. Flash flooding risks persist, and residents are warned against attempting to drive through affected areas, according to the NWS.

Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, has been brought to a standstill in the face of persisting rains and flooding. And coastal cities, such as Rockport, suffered a direct hit when the hurricane first made landfall. Fenestration industry officials in the area say they are just beginning to assess the scope of the damage.

“[Our people are] fortunately doing well," Alan Levin, president and CEO of Northeast Building Products, states."Our customers were able to get into the center today. There’s no water damage, but the area is a mess. It's pretty tragic, people have lost their homes." Levin reports that all the company employees are safe. When asked if he knows what is needed, he replies “not yet, time will tell. It's so early. People aren't even yet able to get into their homes to see what the story is yet."

"Safety is of the utmost importance to us during this catastrophic event," says Steve Schohan, marketing and communications manager, YKK AP. "Our employees are safe and the YKK AP Houston Service Center remains closed until we determine at the local level it is time to re-open. In the meantime, our Dallas branch is handling all project inquiries to ensure all of our customers' needs continue to be met."

Window World’s Houston office is closed at this time, with plans to open in the next week or two, according to a representative. 

And, a statement on The Detering Company's website noted that it is closed to help our employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with plans to open Aug. 31 with limited staff for will-calls and production. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by the storm," the notice concluded.

To provide individual or company contributions to the Red Cross, click here or text “Harvey” to 990999 to donate $10. Assistance is also available for businesses. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, “the Texas Association of Business has established a resource center for business recovery to receive requests for assistance. Resources for businesses in the area are being coordinated by FEMA, details are here and tools for individuals seeking assistance can be found here.”