Devastation and debris in the Deer Cove subdivision. Photo by Jacqueline Havelka

Long after many have already had their homes FEMA-inspected and remediated for mold, the small Kingwood hamlet of Deer Cove appears the same as most homes did a few days after Harvey. The small group of homes located near Barrington on Woodland Hills Drive was devastated by flooding. Because Deer Cove is a gated community, they do not qualify for city or county trash removal. Heaps of debris still exist in the neighborhood.

That’s where OshKosh Defense came in. An employee of OshKosh has a daughter who lives in downtown Houston. When the company heard about the devastation in Houston, they asked the daughter to find the Houston areas in greatest need. She identified several hard-hit areas of Kingwood.

Oshkosh Defense is a company that delivers leading-edge, tactical wheeled vehicles to military and security forces around the world. The company is nearly 100 years old and is located in the town of Oshkosh in east central Wisconsin. They brought one of their military vehicles with them to help with the cleanup, and have helped load debris with a small bobcat front-end loader. Oshkosh also helped residents mark their gas and water lines for future construction operations.

Adam Stadmiller is one of the employees who came to Houston to help. He said the company wanted to keep a low profile and make sure everything went right for the residents in Deer Cove. “We have tornadoes occasionally in Wisconsin, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.

 

 

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Jacqueline Havelka
Author: Jacqueline HavelkaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am a rocket scientist turned writer. I worked at Lockheed Martin-Johnson Space Center for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle, and I now own my own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. I am a contributing correspondent to The Tribune, a Kingwood resident for 12 years, and proud mom to two Aggie sons.

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