After my daughter experienced her own natural disaster, I had the idea to write about it in a story for Autotrader.com. Their process is like this: I pitch a story idea, and it goes to my editors there, who will either say yea or nay as to whether it gets published. This particular idea was submitted right after Ariel’s water event in early August. In it, I described the best practices after you have been through one, telling how to get the insurance companies involved as quickly as possible so that they can make you whole again. Little did we know that nearly three weeks later, such a natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey, would occur that affected America’s fourth largest city, Houston, Texas. In addition to displacing thousands of residents, the storm, according to Autotrader parent company Cox Automotive, had destroyed more than 500,000 vehicles.
In the story, I describe a recent excursion to New Orleans by my daughter. While visiting friends for a brunch, the Crescent City was hit with torrential downpours. A few days prior to the weekend, turbine generators caught fire, sidelining several of them. As a result of the out of commission generators, only eight of the French Quarter’s 45 pumping stations were working. Storm drains in this city that sits below sea level in the first place could just not keep up, which caused widespread flooding everywhere in this tourist Mecca. Eventually she was able to return to her legally parked car which was found sitting in about 18-inches of water. After three additional hours of waiting for the water levels to recede, she made the nearly six-hour trek back to Memphis in what was now essentially smelled like a toilet bowl on wheels.
Here’s my Autotrader.com article telling what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.