June '18

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rv-pro.com June 2018 • RV PRO • 33 That's when his wife called saying the authorities were going to open up the gates at the dam and they'd better get out of there because it was going to get two times that deep. "I thought, no way," he says, and they stayed for another 45 minutes wading around taking pictures and checking things out. "We were going to go back the next morning and start cleanup," he remem- bers "and it was 8 feet deep." Interstate 10, the main route between Houston and New Orleans, became a series of lakes and rivers. In other places, the raised median became a dam, holding back the rising water. On Sept. 2, in order to relieve the pressure, authorities used dynamite to blow up the median directly in front of the Sherrod I-10 RV Sales location so that the water would flow to the south. This relieved some pressure, but also caused a rush of water to engulf the dealership – at the time already under 3 feet of water – toppling trailers and relocating them throughout the property. The water rose to a depth of more than 8 feet, sending the dealership's stock of RV trailers and fifth wheels bobbing and floating around in the lot-turned-lake. "We realized Harvey was coming toward us in plenty enough time," recalls Deanna Sherrod who remembers taking normal precautions as the storm approached. "We – along with everyone else in our area – just didn't think it would do the damage that it did." For some time, the only way to get to the area was on a boat. "Some friends sent us videos of the dealership taken from a boat as they went past," when the water was 8 feet up the wall of the service building, recalls Hayden Narramore, Bobby Sherrod's son-in-law, who manages the I-10 location. Several of the smaller Humming- bird models were at first assumed to be missing. They were later found floating at the edge of the property along the back fence, a couple hundred yards away. The buildings on the property – along with their contents – were submerged in water, mud and glop. A Slow Recovery "Unfortunately for the Rose City location, we didn't gather up any infor- mation – thinking, 'it had never flooded before; so ... surely it wouldn't flood this time, either,'" recalls Deanna Sherrod. "The information not gathered included RV tech Reggie Norman seals a roof after a complete roof replacement. The dealership's talented technicians are capable of tackling nearly any repair job.

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