26
Oct
09

Another rainy day in Texas

Another rainy day is a welcome event in Houston.  From the Coastal offices at 10665 Richmond Ave in Houston Texas we can see an evil downpour, dark clouds, and rain bands expected to keep us wet all day.

After a terrible drought this summer, one which killed just about every crop in the surrounding areas, all of Texas is welcoming rain.  Austin, TX was hit particularly hard by the drought.  Besides millions of acres of crops dead and cut down before harvest, the lakes around Austin, a summertime playground for many of Coastal’s customers, had such low levels that boat traffic was prohibited and most docks and boats sat on the hard packed ground that used to to be the bottom of the lake.  The greenbelt was completely dry and the water flow through Zilker Park was low enough to warrant bacteria advisories.  As a direct result our dealers in the Austin area, and most of Texas for that matter, were hit hard with little demand for new systems and evaporating existing customer demand for refills over the peak summer months.  But in the past few weeks Texas has experienced quite a volume of rainfall.  In Sugar Land, just outside Houston, the Brazos river is flowing at volumes 3-4 times what it did in the weeks following Hurricane Ike.  As a result, mosquitos are on the uptick and we expect our slow September to be offset by a busier than expected October and November.  Just as I write this, at 10:11 AM, ABC Pest and Lawn of Austin, one of our strongest dealers, placed a web order for additional parts for an installation this week.  So as much as my lawn loves the rain, so do Coastal’s dealers in Texas.  But enough is enough!  Rain rain, go away.

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