Planet Ford Spring is no stranger to hurricanes.
In 2008, Hurricane Ike walloped the dealership in Spring, Texas, about an hour north of Houston. The power was out for 17 days.
As Harvey lashed the region last week, the decision was made to immediately close the dealership, said Shawn Burns, general manager. It was closed from Saturday morning through the middle of last week.
"A lot of people called and said they couldn't get to work," Burns told Automotive News. "We don't want to put any employees in harm's way."
"Battening down the hatches" and moving the dealership's inventory of about 1,500 new Fords and Lincolns and used vehicles to the highest ground on the dealership's lot helped Planet Ford weather the storm.
Determined to avoid another half-month of lost business this time, the dealership rented three pumps to help drain the water retention pond that collects runoff.
There was one issue: The gasoline-powered pumps had to be refueled every 2-1/2 hours. Burns praised Planet Ford's veteran maintenance man for volunteering to stay through the stormy weekend, sheltered in a pickup truck. The pumps were started Saturday and operated continuously until Monday.
"He's the employee that everyone wants and you never want to lose," Burns said.
The dutiful staffer's name? Loyal "Jack" Walston.