The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors is reporting good news, as it appears most of its Gulf Coast members have been spared the brunt of Hurricane Ike.
The organization checked in with members in
the Houston/Galveston area and found that, although there was damage to nearby
buildings, the storm did not extensively harm the structural facilities of
those contacted. PHCC members say their biggest challenge now is fulfilling
requests for work to repair storm-related damage.
have been working hard, and it is like Christmas," George Johnson (The
Katy Plumbing Co., Katy, Texas) told PHCC. "You feel like Santa
Claus when you show up to help."
The organization also reports that PHCC
contractors are reaching out to help other members. For instance, Rick Shelton
(Shelton Plumbing Co., Waco, Texas) helped Patty and Milton Frank assemble
supplies for back-up power at powerless Milton Frank Plumbing Co. in Spring,
"They left our house last night (Sept. 14) at
11 p.m. loaded with four generators, a large gas tank equipped with a hand
pump, all the gas cans I could round up, water, extension cords and their
vehicle full of supplies," he informed PHCC. At last report, the
Franks were open for business and trying to meet many requests for service. Long
lines at gas stations and no operating traffic lights complicate the situation.