Feature Story: Fluor Contributes to Hurricane Relief Efforts
The 2017 hurricane season was a tragic one for the Fluor family. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria dealt tremendous blows to Fluor offices and job sites across the U.S. Gulf Coast region, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall late Friday, August 25, near Corpus Christi, Texas. The storm, the most powerful to hit Texas in more than 50 years, produced heavy rain, flooding and wind damage in Southeast Texas and its coastal communities. Houston and the surrounding metro area experienced catastrophic flooding. More than 288,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm, and more than 200 Fluor employees suffered severe damage to their homes.
A total of five Fluor project sites had to temporarily cease operations in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.
Then, in the early morning of Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, bisecting the island as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds and drenching it with more than 2 feet of rain in 24 hours. It was the fifth-strongest storm ever to hit the United States, and the strongest storm to hit the island in 80 years.
More than 3 million U.S. citizens, including the 64 Fluor employees in the Puerto Rico office and their families, were devastated. Many were left with no power or water. The office and local project sites also sustained significant damage.
To support hurricane relief efforts, the Fluor Foundation made a contribution of $150,000 to the American Red Cross and an additional $100,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston's United Way Relief Fund. Fluor employees also rose to the occasion, donating funds for supplies and providing hands-on volunteer support that directly assisted fellow employees in their clean-up efforts in both Houston and Puerto Rico.