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Texas Isn’t Only Weather Disaster Impacting Manufactured Housing

August 29th, 2017 Comments off
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Featured image credit, The Weather Channel.

Yesterday they told us we needed to leave,” said Kristie Troyer, resident of Wilder RV Resort – which includes manufactured homes – in south Fort Myers, Florida. “We don’t know when we’ll get back in … or if we will.”

The situation in Texas is certainly tragically epic, compared to this news from Florida, because over 12 trillion gallons of water have reportedly fallen from the skies to date per Drudge. 

But there is suffering in south Florida too.

Today and even into tomorrow we’re still looking at some chances of heavy rain,” said John Michael, of the National Weather Service, on Monday, per USA Today. “We’re looking at 1 to 2 inches in your area, and there will be some localized rain of 4 to 6 inches. Tuesday could be little less, but it could be a 1 to 2 inches again.”

Across southwest Florida, cities have seen rainfall up to 16-inches.

Flood-watches have ended in most of southwest Florida, but remain in areas where the most flooding occurred.

Flooding, Evacuation and Those Who Choose to Stay Home

For the Troyer family and other residents of Wilder RV Resort the flooding meant evacuating as early as Saturday, per News Press.

The community saw 13.2-inches of rain. So far it has not been stated whether residents have been able to get into their homes to assess any potential damage.

This was home,” Troyer said of their RV. “This is what we owned. Everything we owned was in our truck, our house as we call it, and a storage unit. We’re living in a hotel.”

Many of the residents of the resort were seasonal residents – or snowbirds as the locals call them. This meant that only a handful of residents had to evacuate the combination RV park, manufactured home community.

Similarly, a couple hours north in Manatee County another combination MHC and RV park were urged to evacuate, per the Herald Tribune.

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South Fort Myers to Manatee County, Florida. Image credit, Google Maps.

However, many residents chose to stay put in Vista del Lago Mobile Home and RV Park. Despite record rainfalls at 8.12 inches, the water stopped rising below the doorways of the homes in the community.

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Flooding in Manatee County. Image credit, Herald Tribune.

Storm Development, Potential Tropical Storm Irma?

This weather system, for now, has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten – a naming convention used to identify features that have a chance to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm, but could bring tropical-storm-like impacts to the coast regardless of development – by the National Hurricane Center (NHC),” accordingly to The Weather Channel.

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Tropical Storm Watch and Warning zones. Image credit, The Weather Channel.

The storm was originally expected to become a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm within the next day or so.  Some forecasters say the chances appear to be decreasing. But there is a Tropical Storm Watch and Warning’s issued in parts of North and South Carolina. If the storm does continue to progress, it will be named Tropical Storm Irma.

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Potential path of the storm that may become Cyclone 10, or Tropical Storm Irma. Image credit, The Weather Channel.

With some rain still expected throughout Tuesday it will still be a few days before southwest Florida can recover from the storm. For those who evacuated Wilder RV Resort in Fort Myers that will mean finally getting back into their homes.  The impact on businesses and residents alike is well known to all those who have experienced such disasters as a professional.

It’s been years since we’ve seen this much water so this has been really kind of an anomaly for us,” said Chief Dave Cambareri of the San Carlos Park Fire Department, per News Press. “We’re working diligently to help out all of our residents that need to be evacuated or have their needs met.” ## (News.)

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

August 25th, 2017 Comments off
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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