Harvey Damages Window Film Businesses on Texas Coast

August 30th, 2017 by Katherine Coig

Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, pounded southeastern Texas throughout the week with devastating rainfall that has yet to cease in some areas. Parts of Houston have seen more than 50 inches of rain—an historic amount for the state that’s caused possibly the worst flooding ever seen in the U.S.

The New York Times reported that so far, Texas officials have confirmed at least 30 people have died and “many others injured and untold numbers of homes and businesses flooded, damaged or destroyed on both the coast and far further inland.”

Harry Rahman, national director, business development of Houston-based Huper Optik, reported that the company’s employees are doing okay so far, but the extent of the damage will remain unknown until the flood waters recede.

“The city is devastated, and times are tough,” Rahman says. “CNN reported about 30-40 [inches of rain], but I think it’s going to be a lot more, as the extent of damage will continue to be uncovered once the dust settles. Many prayers, donations and a lot of support for each other is going to get us through this.”

Dave Duensing, owner of Texas Glass & Solar Control in The Woodlands, Texas, says both of his facilities (one of which was still under construction), received at least three to four feet of water, and it is rising.

“We will rebuild and be stronger,” says Duensing. “Our employees are all fine, but we have some flooded trucks also.”

According to an early estimate cited by Bloomberg, damages from Harvey may cost as much as $30 billion. That estimate could go up as the storm makes its way into Louisiana.

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  1. Would someone ask deb Levy to start a fund for Tinters and their families. I would be delighted to make a donation if they need the help and that is something I cannot help but imagine they need for their families. We all can offer prayers and some cash to those that need.

  2. Hi Bill,

    We are working on a mechanism to help that happen easily but it won’t be ready for a few months. In the meantime, I’d suggest tinters let Kat Coig know (kcoig@glass.com) if they are having difficulty and we will see what we can do. Thanks and hope to see you in West Palm Beach in a few weeks.

    Regards,
    Deb

  3. I am from New Orleans, and been through Katrina in 2005. My heart and prayers go out to any body that has to deal with with this! If any Window tinter from Houston reads this this is not the end, only a new beginning! Keep y’all heads up, and tint all the new cars, and glass that will b comming your way!

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