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NADA Foundation Mobilizes Emergency Relief Fund for Dealership Employees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Amid Harvey's Destruction in Texas, Auto Industry Assesses Damage
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NADA Foundation Mobilizes Emergency Relief Fund for Dealership Employees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Wyatt Wainwright, a resident of Sugar Land, Texas, about 20 miles southwest of Houston, said he found out in the middle of the night about orders to evacuate his home.

“We are struggling with the evacuation right now,” said Wainwright, president of the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, which represents 175 dealerships in the metro Houston area located in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey. “There are large scale mandatory and voluntary evacuations going on right now. We don’t know where we can go to escape. I don’t know how I could drive three miles right now without getting blocked.”



The NADA Foundation has mobilized its Emergency Relief Fund to assist dealership employees who have been impacted by personal property damage caused by the hurricane and flooding.

“There’s still 20 to 30 inches of rain that still has to pass through. We are not even near to the peak flooding yet,” Wainwright added. “A big issue we haven’t faced yet are rivers and streams that have yet to overflow. There is so much more of this to go which is the problem.” 

Dealership employees affected by the flooding can apply for financial assistance. (Lost wages or commissions are not eligible for reimbursement from the fund.)

The NADA Foundation is also calling on dealers and dealer association groups to donate online to its Emergency Relief Fund.

Checks can be made payable to Emergency Relief Fund, c/o NADA Foundation, 8400 Westpark Drive, MS 7, Tysons, VA 22102. For more information, call 703.821.7102.
Source: NADA

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Amid Harvey's Destruction in Texas, Auto Industry Assesses Damage

Floodwaters overwhelmed swathes of Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to inundate southeastern Texas, pounding America’s fourth-largest city with unprecedented levels of rainfall and crippling the core of the U.S. energy industry.

“Words really can’t express the impacts this will have, when all is said and done,” said Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company in Andover, Mass. “There is no historical comparison. It is simply a tragedy of epic proportions.”

Mitchell Dale, co-owner of McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas, just south of Houston, said even though his area is under voluntary evacuation, his dealership closed before noon Friday to allow employees the opportunity to leave town. “There's only so much you can do,” Dale said. “Our main concern is our employees, and making sure they had time to leave if they want to.”

Dale said this is the worst storm event the dealership has seen since 1979, when a similar tropical hurricane swept more than 30 inches of water into the building.
Source: Bloomberg/Automotive News/Reuters

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"There’s still 20 to 30 inches of rain that still has to pass through. We are not even near to the peak flooding yet."

    -- Wyatt Wainwright, a resident of Sugar Land, Texas, about 20 miles southwest of Houston, and president of the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, which represents 175 dealerships in the metro Houston area located in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey, NADA Headlines, August 28

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