All Houston-area airports and the ports of Houston and Galveston were still closed Aug. 30 because of the storm. The Port of Corpus Christi reported that power had been restored to several facilities while others were operating on emergency power.
Officials of the Port of Corpus Christi said the port should be back to normal by Sept. 4. However, major railway companies—Union Pacific, BASF and Kansas City Southern—suspended operations and issued traffic embargoes in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas.
Virtually all synthetic rubber producers along the Gulf of Mexico are now shut down, according to Bill Hyde, senior director, olefins and elastomers at Houston-based IHS Markit.
"There isn't a lot of damage, because there was a lot of rain but not a lot of wind," Hyde said. "Logistically, however, it's a mess."
Travel and shipping in southern Texas and western Louisiana are now totally disrupted, according to Hyde.
"The rail system is in disarray," he said. "They need to inspect the bridges for damage, but they can't do that until the water recedes. Meanwhile, the Intercontinental Waterway is also shut down.
Hyde said he had no idea how long it would take to get production and shipping back to normal. "It's going to take a while," he said.
Both Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil Corp. announced the allocation of $1 million to support both immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in the region.
Impact on facilities
A Dow spokesman said the company has well-developed weather preparedness plans and safely shut down operations at its Seadrift plant before Harvey made landfall.
Its other manufacturing sites in Texas and Louisiana remained open during the storm, but infrastructure and logistics limitations may require adjustments in production rates, Dow said.
Dow has about 12,000 employees and contractors in Texas, and has safely accounted for all of them, according to the company. To help them during this period, Dow will offer interest-free loans and temporary housing as needed, it said.
Goodyear said it had closed all of its facilities in the Houston area by Aug. 26, except for one Goodyear Tire & Service Center staffed to serve first responders.
"Our chemical plants did not sustain significant physical damage, and we are still assessing the impact on other facilities as we're able to access them," Goodyear said.
Goodyear knows of no injuries to its Houston employees, but some suffered flooded homes or had to be evacuated, the company said. Goodyear's Emergency Assistance Program is designed to help with employees' needs during and after a natural disaster, including relocation, home repairs and inspections, shelter, food, clothing, and financial assistance, it said.