Many Houston-based businesses remain closed this week due to high floodwaters from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, including landscaping contractors.
The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association reported that many of its members have not yet been able to get into their offices and locations to inspect damage yet.
“Everyone is simply shut down,” said Jason Mathers, owner of Houston-based Monarch Landscape Management. “You only need to spend a few minutes watching the local news or Twitter feeds to get a grasp of the severity of Harvey’s might. Right now, Texans and Houstonians are standing tall, helping each other to safety and protecting property.”
Monarch took some precautions with its employees and assets prior to the storm, he says. The week before the storm, the company performed jobs ahead of time, bought additional equipment as a precaution and sent notification to customers. Monarch’s management also hosted several staff meetings before the weekend, and managers have been regularly communicating with team members via email.
“We prepared for what we thought may happen, but this is Texas weather and everyone is awe,” he says. “The timeline [for being closed] is not determinable and may last through the week because of high water and unsafe conditions for my team. At the moment, our people are first, and in the coming days we will finalize how we service our customers moving forward. We are blessed thus far.”