PIA National Director in Texas: ‘Harvey Didn’t Discriminate’
When it came to destruction, Hurricane Harvey didn’t discriminate. That observation from PIA’s National Director for Texas, Jimmy Beathard. In an interview in the National Underwriter, Beathard said the massive flooding from Harvey didn’t respect anyone. “The flood didn’t discriminate,” said Beathard. “It didn’t matter if you were wealthy, middle-class, poor, it didn’t matter.” Nor do trivial matters such as race or where you’re from, when it comes to helping your friends and neighbors during the recovery effort — which he said has only just begun.
Beathard has lived in the city of Conroe, Texas, north of Houston, most of his life and has seen his fair share of extreme weather during his 40 years in the insurance business. Yet none of it, he says, compares to Hurricane Harvey.
“It was incredible, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” says Beathard, agency principal of Beathard Insurance. “Where I live, in a 72-hour period we received about 32 inches of rain.”
As for the future, Jimmy Beathard is optimistic. “We feel like we'll rally and we’ll come back from this,” he says, pridefully. “Life in this part of Texas is slowly but surely returning to normal. It may take us many years to get where we were, but we’ll be here.”