While most people are trying to flee the areas that Hurricane Harvey may impact, TXDOT employees from the Concho Valley are heading towards them for storm relief effort.
“We’re going to stage in San Antonio in one of their maintenance offices. From there, they will be instructed on where they need to go. Whether it be towards Corpus, Brownsville, there are going to be various areas they are going to be going into,” says Douglas Roberts, the District Maintenance Administrator.
20 local employees are ready to be there as long as they’re needed whether it’s one week or three.
“I’m just ready to go,” says Robert Hampton, a TXDOT Maintenance Specialist.
Robert Hampton has worked for TXDOT about 11 years now.
“I’ve been wanting to do something like this ever since I joined TXDOT,” says Hampton.
He packed a weeks worth of clothes and some canned goods just in case.
“I ain’t to sure what to expect,” says Hampton.
Before heading out on the road Friday morning, the crew got a pep talk knowing they have to be ready for anything.
They have equipment to clean up debris and repair downed traffic lights and signs. But they know when it comes to mother nature, it’s unclear what they’ll be up against.
“It’s a sad situation. Probably going to be one of the worst ones we’ve seen at this point but until it hits, we don’t know,” says Roberts.
They do know they’ll help keep the roads safe.
“All we can do is go out there and be safe and keep the traveling public going,” says Hampton.