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Shed Builders in Houston Waiting for Harvey’s Waters to Recede


Hurricane Harvey has been called a 1-in-1,000-year meteorological event because of the flooding it caused in the Houston, Texas, area.

Over a four-day period, some areas received up to 40 inches of rain. Sadly, at least 70 people have lost their lives as a result of the storm.

Officials say this is the worst disaster in the history of Texas, and recovery will take years.

Shed builders in the area have been feeling the effects as well and are waiting for recovery to begin.

Azael Villarreal, owner of Mr. Storage Sheds in Houston, says flood waters from Harvey has prevented his builders from getting to the area in and around Houston, and into Louisiana.

“We’ve lost some jobs in those areas,” he says. “We probably won’t see anything from the area for a while.”

Shed builders who stay local are out of business for the time being. One, they can’t get into the area because of high water. Two, people are thinking about survival, not a new shed.

“Several companies in the area started by guys who used to work for me,” Villarreal says. “We still talk, and they’ve been affected by the water. They come to me because I have work for them now. When the water goes down, they’ll get back to their own businesses.”

Villarreal has been fortunate, however, because his company has been able to get to places like Dallas to keep building sheds.

“Other companies in the area don’t travel like I do,” he says. “They stay local, so they don’t have business right now. I’m used to traveling to different cities.”

It’s a waiting game, now, for shed builders located in Houston. First, the flood waters have to recede. Then, residents have to begin recovery and rebuilding efforts.

And that will include sheds.

“Once people transition to recovery and start getting money, they’ll start building and the business will come back,” says Villarreal.

Those interested in donating in Harvey relief efforts can start by researching organizations listed here.

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