After Hurricane Harvey moved out of the Houston area, Steve Sherin, an executive general adjuster for Zurich North America, spent five days there assessing claims. Because of the extent of the damage in Houston, Sherin was forced to fly to San Antonio airport, more than 200 miles away. And he had to stay in a hotel in Victoria, Texas, about 120 miles from Houston, because all the local rooms were booked.
He left his hotel at 4:30 a.m. each day to begin long days surveying damage at commercial properties. On Sept. 7—nearly two weeks after Harvey made its initial landfall—he spent six hours walking through ankle-deep water and mud in one building, where he saw dead fish that had washed up onto a parking garage floor. Throughout the day, he was subjected to the constant din of cleaning equipment. His workday lasted about 17 hours.
“It’s tiring beyond belief, but there’s a lot of purpose in what we do,” Sherin said.
The next day, Sherin flew home to Florida, where he and his family rode out the next big storm, Hurricane Irma, which hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10 before moving north through the middle of the state. After Irma moved away from Florida, Sherin began adjusting claims in his home state.
Photos that Sherin took in Texas in the aftermath of Harvey are attached.