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.

Heber Taylor is editor of The Daily News.

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(4) comments

Paula Flinn

Very Good Idea! Now, where did all that FEMA money go? Were not some of these businesses insured--buildings and contents? Six years later and they are not back up and running? Just asking....

Mike Leahy

Gas, groceries, hardware...all very true. Don't forget tire repair shops though.

Driving in St .Bernard Parish after Katrina was a risky business until the tire shop in Chalmette re-opened... 6 months after the storm.

Miss Priss

Out of all the cities in this county, Texas City has them all licked in coordinated efforts from city government to public safety to businesses. Everyone else needs to sit back and observe to learn.

George Croix

T.C. DOES do an overall good job.
They could use a little polishing up in how local emergencies involving refineries are handled, but, overall, even that's OK.

The thing about having the experience to do things well in bad times, is you have to have had bad times to learn from.
It's definitely a two edged sword....

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