Businesses Hit by Harvey

Debris is heaped outside of a gutted business along FM 518 in Friendswood on Sept. 5.

STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News file

FRIENDSWOOD

Friendswood officials estimate damage from Hurricane Harvey to be near $82.7 million citywide.

The city’s Community Development Department released new information Monday that details the damage to private and public property in Friendswood.

The information will help the city apply for state and federal assistance, but it will be useful for other documentation as well, city spokesman Jeff Newpher said.

Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in Rockport, about 200 miles south of Friendswood, but in the 72 or so hours that followed, it dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some parts of the area, swelling creeks and bayous and flooding about 20,000 homes in Galveston County.

The new Friendswood data shows that 2,210 single-family homes were damaged.

Of those, 194 were destroyed, with more than 48 inches of water inside. Another 1,074 homes sustained major damage with between 24 inches and 48 inches of water inside, and 911 sustained minor damage with between 6 and 24 inches of water inside.

Another 231 homes had 6 inches or less of water inside, city officials said.

The damage to single-family homes in Friendswood is about $62.1 million.

Two mobile homes were damaged. One was destroyed with more than 48 inches of water inside, and one had 6 inches or less of water inside. The estimated cost of the damage to the two mobile homes was not available, Newpher said.

Harvey damaged 299 multifamily units. Of those, 155 were destroyed with more than 48 inches of water inside, and seven sustained minor damage of between 6 and 24 inches of water inside. Another 137 had six inches or less of water inside.

The damage to multifamily homes was about $9.9 million.

Floodwater damaged 71 businesses in Friendswood in 39 buildings, city officials said.

The total estimated business damage is near $9.5 million, city officials said.

Of the 39 buildings, 20 sustained minor damage of less than 40 percent, valued at $1.4 million.

The other 19 buildings sustained major damage of more than 40 percent, valued at $8 million.

City officials said 291 people in Friendswood are unemployed due to Hurricane Harvey.

Eight city buildings were damaged at an estimated $1.2 million.

This figure does not include damage to water plants, lift stations, parks or infrastructure, city officials said.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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