1 September 2017
Written by Frances Nwabufoe
Hurricane Harvey has killed more than 30 people, destroyed thousands of homes and rendered workers in the region especially in oil and gas firms stranded with no jobs and no hope of a recall due to the closure of normal work operations.
The storm struck at the heart of America’s oil and gas industry, knocking a third of all U.S. production offline, closing refineries around the Gulf Coast and causing major pipelines that move fuel to other markets to shut down.
Petrol prices, which increased in anticipation of the storm are expected to continue to rise despite additional shipments from overseas.
In Texas, shortages at stations in some areas have been reported. Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, said it expects to re-open its Houston line by Sunday, but other firms said they do not know when normal operations would resume
Fires from organic peroxides were reported at the Crosby plant of chemical company, Arkema, and more are expected after flooding overwhelmed the firm’s back-up generator. Shutdowns of other facilities have led to releases of pollutants, while water has overwhelmed Houston’s sewers.
And from the transport networks, it is gathered that partial service has resumed at Houston airports and the port is expected to open for limited business today but parts of the Houston Ship Channel, which provide access to refineries, remain off-limits. Other transit networks may take longer to recover as roads and other land remain submerged.
Different households were seen registering the cost of damages caused by the hurricane Harvey especially families without household insurance and according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, more than 350,000 people as at the time of filling this report have registered for assistance from the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, more than 37,000 people had also filed claims with the National Flood Insurance Program by mid-Thursday.
Regrettably, the costs of the unexpected deadly storm in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico have continued to mount, with Texas authorities estimating $125bn (£97bn).