Solving Problems Cassie Hodges  | November 6, 2017

Energy Strong: How Shell Saved a Houston Area Neighborhood After Harvey

In the coming weeks, we’re partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute to highlight the many ways America’s energy industry responded to the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. To learn more, visit GEI’s Energy Strong campaign.

During and after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, countless members of America’s energy industry worked alongside first responders and law enforcement officials to evacuate those in danger, limit the damage to affected communities, and begin the process of restoring critical energy sources.

Among those who jumped to action were Tracy Neathery and his team at Shell.

Located just outside Houston, the city of Deer Park and Shell have long had a strong relationship – and that bond was on full display when the city’s retention ponds began to flood during Hurricane Harvey. Neathery and his team quickly deployed a giant water pump to help the city, saving countless local homes and businesses from flooding.

“We would have had more homes flood than we did without that pump,” Robert Hemminger, director of emergency services for the city of Deer Park, said in an interview. “The relationship between industry and the city is what allows this community to thrive.”

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