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Projects We Love: Hurricane Harvey Cleanup

Posted March 29th, 2018

The devastation caused when Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast on August 25 was staggering. More than one million people were displaced and roughly 200,000 homes were damaged in a 300-mile span.

The cleanup and recovery will be a long one for the region, but within a few months, contractors working for the Texas Department of Transportation cleared 10 million cubic feet of debris from the state’s highways.

How much is 10 million cubic feet of trash?

The Impact of Hurricane Harvey

A storm the size of Harvey is sure to cause damage and destruction, but the numbers associated with this superstorm are downright scary.

19 trillion gallons of water rained down on Texas soil. According to the Washington Post, if all that water were collected into a cube, it would be 2.8 miles long and 2.8 miles tall.

At the height of the storm, the state highway system experienced more than 500 road closures.

The damage has been estimated between $150 and $180 billion. That’s roughly the size of New Zealand’s GDP.

While the state highway system accrued 10 million cubic yards of trash, the storm generated roughly 200 million cubic yards of debris in Texas.

While the state assigned 600 state workers to clean-up efforts, many regions needed much more help to recover from the disaster. The City of Houston, for example, raised its rate of $7.86 per cubic yard to $11.84 in order to draw in enough debris-hauling contractors. Harris County offered an additional $3 to $5 per cubic yard.

Mobilization Funding’s clients were among those that stepped up to clean up the Texas’s highways and roadways following this devastating hurricane. What exciting new projects are you getting ready to bid on? Contact us today to see how we can help you prepare for future growth opportunities.

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