Houston Electrical Industry Begins Long Process of Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

The electrical industry in Houston is still reeling from the impact of the record-breaking floods brought by Hurricane Harvey two weeks ago. Since that time every resource has been devoted to making sure associates, customers and neighbors were out of harm’s way and beginning the process of assessing damage and starting the restoration.

“The recovery is clearly just beginning, and it’s going to be a really, really long recovery,” said Jeff Metzler, CEO of Lonestar Electric Supply. “At first it was all about getting people safe, and now it’s getting them relief and getting them back in business. We have truckloads and truckloads of stuff coming in.”

Some major thoroughfares on the east side of the Houston metropolitan area are still under many feet of water at press time, but Houston-area electrical manufacturers, reps, distributors and their customers are now fully engaged in getting needed products into the hands of customers. The road to recovery is expected to be a very long slog.