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Harvey Moves On, Leaving a Transport Network with Formidable Challenges

Posted August 31, 2017

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues


(Mark B. Solomon – DC Velocity)

There are countless unforgettable images capturing Hurricane Harvey’s destructive path across Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast, and Louisiana. But for folks who ship and move stuff for a living, and who face the daunting prospect of returning a key part of the U.S. economy to working order, two are particularly poignant.

One was a photo of a stretch of I-10 in Texas that was transformed into a raging sea by days of record rainfall. The other was a deserted, flooded out road near a spaghetti bowl of highway in Houston where all that was visible was a mostly submerged tractor-trailer. Both were stark reminders to those who manage the nation’s supply chain of what lies ahead as months, if not years, of rebuilding get underway.

After regaining strength for the past 24 hours over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Harvey made landfall again this morning east of Houston, sparing the nation’s fourth most populous city further misery after dumping an almost biblical 52 inches of rain in some areas in just the past five days. Instead, Harvey turned towards Louisiana, but not before effectively drowning Port Arthur, Texas, home to the nation’s largest oil refinery, on its way to swamping Baton Rouge and New Orleans, among other Louisiana cities. Click here to read more.

Related: Harvey Knocks Out More Refineries, Shifting Global Oil Flows (AP)