Texas association head sums up the damage

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McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas. Photo credit: LAURA SAUCEDA via FACEBOOK

“No human casualties in the dealership community have been reported so that is a major blessing,” Bill Wolters, president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, said in an email to Automotive News. “The damage and destruction so far has been limited to dealership and employee property according to the reports that we have received.”

He said some stores have been completely flooded, including McRee Ford, Gay Buick-GMC and Gay Kia in Dickinson, Texas, and Martin Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Cleveland, Texas. Dickinson is about 30 miles south of Houston, Cleveland about 45 miles north.

“Aransas Autoplex in Port Aransas, outside of Corpus Christi, has been demolished as has the dealer’s home,” Wolters said.

Flood waters at McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas. Photo credit: LAURA SAUCEDA via FACEBOOK

“There are probably 400 dealerships affected in some way by the storm,” Wolters said. “We estimate over 30,000 employees work in those dealerships. The dealers who have reported no damage to their facilities or inventory can’t open because the employees and customers can’t reach the store. There are evacuation orders just now being given for areas where rivers may overflow and others that will be affected by dams releasing water.”

Residents of Fort Bend County, west of Houston, “are being told to leave because the Brazos River will overflow tomorrow. However, 80,000 people have virtually no exit route because the roads and highways leading out of Fort Bend County are flooded,” he said.

“It is a wait and see situation.”

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