The Houston metro area has been left with disastrous flooding from the unprecedented rainfall of Hurricane Harvey. The surrounding Texas areas in addition to Louisiana have been overrun with flooded streets, many that are only accessible by helicopter or boat. This has caused schools and businesses to be not only closed, but evacuated for safety. The National Weather Service is calling for 4 to 35 additional inches of rain and flooding over the next week.
The effects this storm is making on south Texans and Louisiana are undeniable. 30,000 people have been evacuated from the area and hundreds of thousands will need disaster relief in order to rebuild their lives after the storm passes. But before that happens, a ripple effect will begin to happen in supply chains throughout the country.
First, spot market capacity is shifting to disaster relief. Countless fleets have been assigned to transport water, sand, medical supplies, food, and more to the shelters throughout the impacted area. This causes a capacity crunch and shortage throughout the North American network. Second, a high percentage of freight ships Intermodal along the Metro Rail within Houston. 24 to 72 hour delays are expected as only emergency movement is recommended in the Houston area – causing large delays for drayage and additional equipment. Additionally, many cross border rail lines into Mexico have been placed under an embargo. The LTL network has also begun to be impacted as well. Terminals have been closed throughout the region tentatively through Wednesday 8/30/17.
Hurricane Harvey continues to change and so does the impact that it makes throughout North American supply chains. Axle Logistics is committed to monitor the storm as well as our client’s freight as it is in transit during this time. Please reach out to your designated Logistics Consultant or call 888-440-1888 with any and all questions you may have. The safety and visibility of your business is our top priority.