Hurricane Harvey did terrible damage to the city of Houston, Texas. The storm drowned the entire state and neighboring Louisiana in some 27 trillion gallons of water. As a result, thousands of Houston residents had no choice but to leave. But they would soon face a new danger – and one that they never saw coming.
As the hurricane landed, many oil rigs and refineries had to be shut down. Indeed, one in ten rigs was evacuated across the entire Gulf region. Estimates of the hurricane’s total cost approached $200 billion.
However, it wasn’t the rigs that posed the greatest threat to the evacuating residents of Houston. In fact, as they were overcome by the floodwaters, locations like the Arkema Group chemical plant presented a potentially far greater danger.