Amidst Harvey, Shell And Deer Park Save Their City From Flooding
Shell has been a close member of the Deer Park community for decades. When Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding throughout the region and threatened the people of Deer Park, city officials called Shell for help. Together, amidst the downpour, Shell and the City of Deer Park pumped out flood waters and saved hundreds of local homes and business from ruin.
The Global Energy Institute of the United States Chamber of Commerce runs a column called Energy Strong on their website. The most recent piece highlights the role energy industry played working alongside first responders during the recent catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Using video, Energy Strong shared stories about the industry stepping up in times of need.
“The city of Deer Park (a suburb of Houston) and Shell have a strong relationship through the good times and the bad. This relationship was on display when the city’s retention ponds began to flood. Tracy and his team at Shell deployed a massive pump to help the city, saving hundreds of homes and businesses from flooding.”
Energy Strong, Global Energy Institute
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Energy Strong - Hurricane Harvey and Shell Deer Park
An area of town started to receive more water than what we anticipated. We had a couple retention ponds water had overcome their capacity. We had been in close contact with shell throughout the storm. They did have some resources available and those close relationships just gave us that comfort to call on them and see if they might have a portable pump that we could utilize for this purpose.
We started mobilizing people and this is not a small pump. This is a very large farm pump It's actually a trailer. It's a big big pump. Within an hour, this pump was on the road to the city. Well I didn't realize until the crew reported back to me that it wasn't a few houses, it was easy to see that we would have had more homes than we did without that relationship between industry and the city.
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