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With a total rainfall of over 47 inches, hurricane Harvey has left a mark on Texas. The destruction stretches from Houston-east, wreaking havoc on the citizen’s belongings. As of August 28, 2017 at least 39 people have died. According to the New York Times, what set Harvey apart from other hurricanes was the amount of rainfall. Sadly, Harvey ended a 12-year-no-hurricane over a category 3 streak in the United States.
Due to the amount of destruction left behind, the United States has been forced to take action. President Trump visited Texas (Corpus Christi and Austin to be exact) where he reportedly saw a genuine effort to help those in need and said he would quickly pass an appropriations bill to deal with the private property and public infrastructure damage. Here at Bone Dry Roofing, we desired to help those affected by this tropical tragedy.
In an effort to aid the hungry, Bone Dry (with the escort of the Brownsburg, IN police department) sent water and non-perishable food items to Texas. On September 1, 2017 we packed two trucks/trailers full of water, clorox bleach, trash bags, baby formula, pop tarts, and canned goods. Then on September 5, 2017 we sent three kind-hearted employees, Shawn Breidinger, Jeremy Gayle, and John Maples, with the trucks, down to Texas.
According to the guys, they sent approximately 20 pallets of water and 10 pallets of food. The guys left on Tuesday, September 5th at 5:30 am and arrived in Silsbee, TX at 1 am the next day. Thereafter, Shawn, Jeremy, and John slept in the same old school as those affected affected by Harvey’s flooding. The next day,
“We got up at 7am and the lady (a marine corp. coordinator) took us to the church and we gave all the food to them. Then we went to another church in Mauriceville and gave them the rest,” said Shawn.
Apparently, the citizens of both Silsbee and Mauriceville have been saying that 1 in 5 victims had flood insurance. As for the remaining, they were left to pay for the damage themselves. However, according to USA Today, “customers who contact Wells Fargo can get disaster relief for 60 to 90 days, and can postpone payments.”
But, on the bright side, America has responded, “The amount of response from volunteers was huge,” said Shawn. According to the guys, there was RVs and fifth wheels parked in the church parking lots full of volunteers from all around the U.S. Bone Dry is happy to give back to those who need it, and this is a prime example.
We hope our donation will serve as a beacon of hope to those affected and let them know they are not alone in their tragedy; the nation is here to help.
Special thanks to the Brownsburg police department for putting this trip together, I-69 trailers for donating a trailer to us, and Juncos Racing, Spenser Engineer, and Comfort Control for hauling trailers!