June '18

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32 • RV PRO • June 2018 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S Hurricane Harvey Strikes with Force Hurricane Harvey slammed into the South Texas coast near Corpus Christi in late August 2017. When the wind died down, the storm stalled on the middle Texas coast for a few days, then moved slowly eastward toward Houston and the Louisiana state line. All the while, the storm was picking up buckets of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and pouring them down along a 20-mile swath of the Texas coastal plains. More rain fell in a few days – close to 5 feet in places – than falls in most years in that part of Texas, which normally gets plenty of rain: 40-plus inches a year. All that water was filling the already swollen lakes and rivers in southeast Texas. The rain eventually stopped, the skies cleared and Bobby Sherrod figured the worst was over. "We went down there wading around checking the prop- erty," he remembers, "in 3 feet of water." Peeking inside one of the buildings, he saw a few small items floating around, but computers were out of the water sitting on top of the desks and everything else seemed to be OK. Pictured above is the Sherrod RV store in Silsbee; pictured at right is the location in Rose City. While outward signs of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey are not as visible now as they once were, the dealership is still in the process of recovering from the storm. Pictured directly above is the dealership's Rose City location covered in several feet of water following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Pictured above that photo is the dealership location today.

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