Some veterans of Hurricane Ike recently had a “no truer words were ever spoken” moment.
During the annual hurricane meeting sponsored by the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, people talked about the importance of business recovery.
After a storm, it’s vital to get the streets cleared of debris. It’s vital to repair public infrastructure so that toilets flush and water flows from the tap. It’s vital to get the power restored and cellphones ringing.
But until that store down the street starts selling groceries and pumping gasoline, until the hardware store starts selling lumber and shingles, not much is happening in the neighborhoods where people live.
Until those businesses start providing services, ordinary folks who endured the storm are just camping. They’re not rebuilding.
The city of Texas City and the Texas City-La Marque chamber has set up a business-to-business partnership, sort of an exchange where businesses can share resources after a bad storm. It’s a good idea.