Automotive Industry Concerns Regarding Handling, Disposal and Repair of Flood Vehicles from Texas and Louisiana Following Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey affected one of the heaviest populated regions in the history of U.S. natural disasters. In the wake of recovery, experience gained in previous natural disasters has provided additional resources and more immediate availability of information. This experience may improve handling of flood affected vehicles by the insurance, auto auction, tow, collision repair, auto recycling and mechanical service segments of the auto repair industry, as well as the federal, state and local government agencies that regulate the industry. Doctors warn that residents are not out of the woods for other health hazards such as mold growth and bacteria such as coliform and E. coli as well as the presence of petroleum products in flood water trapped in pockets.