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Harvey Dontations

Harvey Recovery Time

Yes 2 months later, we are unfortunately still talking about Hurricane Harvey. Crazy to think it was already that long ago, it seems like it was just a few days ago we were all surrounded by tons of water. Nearly 203,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the catastrophic Harvey, costing an estimated $180 billion of damage. This is more than any other natural disaster in U.S. history. Harvey made its first landfall on August 25th, 2017 and then made landfall another 2 times after that over a 6-day period. A total of 738,000 people who registered for assistance with FEMA.   The recovery time for Harvey is very well above average, rebuilding is expected to start around 3 months after landfall. How long is this rebuilding process expected to take? BuildFax is estimating that the rebuild recover time will be up to 20 months. BuildFax is a data analytics firm...

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Sports getting Houston excited!

Houston is the 4th most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the Southern United States with the population of 2.303 million in 2016. With a city that big, you can expect sports to be just as big.   Hockey You would only expect this huge city to have all major sports teams, but that is not the case for one sport. I can only imagine that when you live in Houston and you hear the word HOCKEY, you’re thinking "That's crazy, hockey fans in Houston?" Houston did have a hockey team called the Houston Aeros, which was an AHL/IHL team. This could all be changing soon though. Now that Tilman Fertitta owns the Toyota Center, thoughts of more entertainment have occurred. Question is: will it be a new team that forms, just like the Las Vegas Knights? Or will they move an already formed team to H-town? There have been...

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Before and After Harvey

Housing Market Post Harvey

What will happen to home prices post Harvey?   Houston is the 4th largest city in America, accounting for 25% of the housing market in Texas. After devastating Harvey floods, what will happen to this huge city and surrounding areas? It is being said that it will take months for all affected to enter recovery phase and a few years before the impacted communities fully recover. I think the major question pondering minds is “what will happen to the housing market?”   Facts about the Flood   Before Harvey hit, Houston was a rare fast-growing area in the U.S. The homes were strikingly affordable even though the prices had risen in recent years, but stayed the same during the 2014 oil crash. The average median home price for July was $230,000 for selling price and off the market was around $190,000. Now that Harvey floods have put a damper on the city and surrounding areas, will that...

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Dangers lurking from Harvey floods

Texas just encountered devastating, or should we say catastrophic, floods that were completely unexpected from all. Yes, we knew it could get bad, but who thought it would be like this? We went from hearing that Harvey could become a Category 1 by land fall, to making it all the way to a category 4. Not to mention the stalling and going back out to waters only to make another landfall. Houston areas hit an all-time high in rain fall with the amount of time it fell in. The record was 48 inches, and some of us had well over 50 inches. Houston gets an average of 79 inches a year, this storm put us at just under 72 inches and we have months to go still.   So, what about after the flood? What are the dangers we witness?   Injuries Ever heard the saying “Turn around Don’t Drown”? Well, as crazy as it...

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Remembering Katrina

Do you remember when Hurricane Katrina hit land? Ten years ago this week Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. Images of destroyed and flooded homes are covering the internet as we remember the terrible destruction this category 5 storm caused as it ripped through the Gulf Coast United States.  There are many ways to protect your home from the high winds that are brought on by a hurricane.   For a home not directly on the coast plywood is one of the most popular options for protecting windows from the high wind. It is best to have the plywood measured and labeled in advance of a storm. That way when a storm is bearing down on your region they can be placed on the windows quickly and efficiently. For those with limited time and funds tape is also an option. While it does not protect your windows entirely it does prevent the glass...

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