City of Steamboat donating work trucks to Texas city devastated by Hurricane Harvey
September 15, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs is donating six of its recently-retired fleet vehicles to a Texas city that lost its entire fleet of public works vehicles in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
"To a city that's lost everything, they could be pretty helpful for a few years," Steamboat Public Works Director Jon Snyder said Friday.
The city of Port Aransas will get three Dodge Durangos, two pickups and a Jeep Cherokee from Steamboat.
Snyder said the vehicles, which were sitting in storage here, will be shipped to Texas sometime next week.
Port Aransas is located on a barrier island near Corpus Christi, Texas.
The city of 3,400 people was devastated after Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane nearby.
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"The emotional toll of what's happened to our friends and families is indescribable," Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs said at a news conference following the storm.
Snyder said Steamboat City Manager Gary Suiter came up with the idea for the city to reach out and find a way to help Texans who were impacted by the storm.
Suiter said the city asked the Texas Municipal League how it could best assist.
The League reached out to Port Aransas, which was in desperate need of vehicles.
Suiter credited Steamboat Fleet Superintendent Jason Weber for reaching out to Port Aransas and putting the donation together.
Snyder said the donated trucks are a mix of ones that were just replaced this year and a few that were put out to bid last year but did not get any attention from potential buyers.
Government vehicles in Steamboat are regularly replaced on a set schedule.
The estimated value of the vehicles is about $14,000.