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Hurricane Harvey, Billions in Damage Expected, Tragic Opportunities for Factory Home Builders?

August 25th, 2017 Comments off

Featured image credit, The Weather Channel.

Texas is meeting Hurricane Harvey.  Currently a Category 2, per the NOAA, it is set to do billions of dollars in property damage.

Hurricane Harvey is threatening Texan’s and nearby coastal states with torrential rainfall and flash flooding.

The heavy rains from the storm are expected to continue, perhaps until next Thursday or even Friday.  It may drop as much as 34 inches of rainfall.

That’s as much or more as parts of the state usually sees in a year, all in the course of one week.

The local weather service is being blunt about the situation, saying “some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away” and “numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out” are likely.

According to the Houston Chronicle and a report released by Irvine, CA based CoreLogic, at least 118,000 homes in the Houston area alone are at risk for damage should the hurricane make landfall, especially if it hits as a Category 3 storm.

The cost to rebuild these homes – including labor and materials – is being estimated at $20.8 billion.


Along the Texas coast there are around 232,721 homes that are also at risk of damage from Category 3 hurricane conditions.  If so, the estimated cost to rebuild statewide is $39.6 billion.


Rainfall outlook for Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Credit, The Weather Channel.

These numbers are estimates of course – and until the storm is over there is no way to get a clearer idea of what the total damages will be.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that “structural damage to sturdy buildings” and “complete destruction of mobile homes” is likely around the eyewall of the hurricane.  It is unclear, based upon the quotes, if the NWS meant pre-HUD Code mobile home or post-code manufactured homes, or both.

While no one claims manufactured homes are tornado or hurricane proof, the facts reflect a far more durable structure than media and weather services report.

Per a report done in Florida, linked here, the post-storm facts make it clear that manufactured homes – notably those post 1994 – are in several cases performing as well or better than conventional housing.


You can see for yourself in the MHLivingNews video where people talk about the surprise of coming back after evacuating to their home standing strong and proud as always.

As that previous Daily Business News article points out, some 80% of damages to manufactured homes during hurricanes were due to the improper attachment or tie-down of add-ons, such as porches and carports.  Flying debris is another problem, for all kinds of housing.

Tragic Opportunities for Manufactured and Modular Homes?

While it is too soon to tell, it would not be a surprise if FEMA was called in, post storm.


Graphic from a prior story, to see that report, click here. Credit: Russ Desantis, The Record.

While HUD Code manufactured homes are sturdier and safer than older mobile homes, or some conventional housing, residents should follow hurricane evacuation warnings when they are given. ## (News, analysis.)

Friday Evening Update: This storm has progressed into Category 3, and is now a Category 4 hurricane.

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JuliaGranowiczManufacturedHomeLivingNewsMHProNews-comSubmitted by Julia Granowicz to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.




Modular Homes to House Displaced Canadians

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Flood waters that displaced up to 900 people in Calgary, Alberta, Canada caused over $250 million in damages and led to the issuance of a state of emergency by Mayor Naheed Nanshi. According to Bruce Burrell, head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, “We’re in conversation with the province about building temporary neighborhoods within the city of Calgary. We have three locations that are graded and ready to go that were already available sites.” Tentative plans call for siting of modular homes in those locations to house the displaced, as informs MHProNews.

(Photo credit: Tory Ramsay/–Calgary, Alberta flooding)

NYC Housing Shortage Likely to Worsen

November 13th, 2012 Comments off

Reporting from New York City, observer says the return to normalcy in parts of the battered city, from the homes that burned to those that washed away, will be many months. Owners of one expensive high rise in lower Manhattan do not know when their units will be habitable, and are releasing tenants from their leases. The vacancy rate is one percent in the city, a little higher in the boroughs. In addition to the 40,000 homeless, there are thousands currently displaced by Hurricane Sandy, including many with limited means in the outlying areas. In addition, those still in their homes sitting in the dark with no heat as the weather gets colder will soon be looking for warmer quarters. “There’s a huge fear that folks are going to be displaced for the medium and long term,” city housing commissioner Mathew M. Wambua told The New York Times. Modular FEMA units will likely supplement apartments, MHProNews has learned, and officials want building owners to help create a clearinghouse of available units. If they accept FEMA vouchers, owners want to be indemnified by the government for damages and legal costs of evicting tenants.

(Photo credit: Country Living–modular in the city)

MHC Owner Charged with Fair Housing Act Violation

August 10th, 2012 2 comments

MHProNews has learned from the U.S. Dept. of Urban Development (HUD) that the owner and staff of MHC Heritage Point Mobile Home Park in Montgomery, Alabama have been charged with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to rent a home site to an African American family and for following a policy of excluding African Americans. CEO Michael Lawrence of Lawrence at Lakewood, LLC and Lawrence Properties, Inc. allegedly told employees not to rent home sites to any more African Americans, and his employees allegedly refused to process the family’s application, in violation of the Fair Housing Act which prevents discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status. An employee is alleged to have denied their application based on a credit check that was not made, forcing the family to move their manufactured home out of the community. A federal court may award the family damages and attorney fees, impose fines on the MHC owner, and order other injunctive relief to deter future discrimination if the court decides discrimination has occurred. Attempts by MHProNews to reach Mr. Lawrence or his company by phone were unsuccessful.

(Image credit: PhotographersDirect)

Debby Damages MHC in Florida

July 4th, 2012 Comments off

TBO reports Tropical Storm Debby swept through Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village in Port Richey, Florida, damaging the underside, insulation, under support, and air conditioning units of many of the homes. President Obama declared a major disaster area in five Fla. counties, making them eligible for federal funding including low-cost loans to cover uninsured damage, grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and programs to help businesses recover. The 14 inches of rain led to some residents of the community being rescued by boat. has learned Mike Rosenhagen of Carefree Property Management, operator of Suncoast Gateway, said the county’s neglect of the community’s culvert draining system resulted in water stagnating in parts of Suncoast.

(Photo credit: TBO/Andy Jones—Larry Oberg spraying away debris in aftermath of Debby)