NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Drewery Incorporated, a Nacogdoches company with decades of experience cleaning up after storms, will play a significant role throughout Hurricane Harvey's path.
East Texas News has an inside view of the preparation involved when beginning the overwhelming task.
Keith Drewery's golf cart is adequate to tour company grounds, but it can't match the capabilities of the massive equipment expressly designed to handle hurricane cleanup. Knuckle boom trucks are essential.
"That truck and trailer will haul 108 cubic yards to the dump at one time," Drewery said.
It will be needed to free up streets lined with sheetrock, insulation, carpet, and household items.
"The contractors will come in and pick it off the curb and get it to huge mega dumpsites where they will put them in landfills or grind them," Drewery said.
Municipalities and counties will prioritize pickup zones.
"Places to the hospitals, the school zones," Drewery said.
The Drewery family has been cleaning up after storms since 1961 with Hurricane Carla. The stories they can tell.
"We worked four states at one time because we had four hurricanes at one time," Drewery said. We had about 5348 contractors working under our name to help clean this up."
The experience lands the company contracts way before hurricane season arrives.
"There are some pre-dispositioned contracts our company is involved with, and we will have to see how the agencies implement that," Drewery said.
The company will bring its own fleet mechanics, parts, and tools to keep everything running smoothly. Shop foreman David Boatman was handling preparations Friday.
"Trying to get everything, keep it moving, keep it going," Boatman said. "Doing everything we can to help out. Keep all the equipment up."
"The goal is to get in and get it done and get out, so the people can get back to rebuilding their homes," Drewery said.
Keith Drewery's focus is divided between Harvey and Irma. He's never seen a storm as massive as Irma and urges anyone in its path to heed evacuation orders.