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One thing Hurricane Harvey won’t destroy is Texas economy, experts say | Weather

Ironically, the same logic applies to infrastructure spending.

“If you’ve got infrastructure already in need of repair and it becomes essentially unusable, you’re forced to spend the money,” he said.

Still, the idea of improved roads at some indeterminate point in the future probably won’t make a homeowner with a flooded house feel much better.

To that end, Chris Pilcic, State Farm spokesman said the state’s biggest property and auto insurer has been bulking up its presence in preparation for the potential flood of claims.

“We have thousands of people deployed to work in Texas,” he said. “A good number of them are claims specialists who are staging in Dallas, Irving and in Austin.”

The company has also brought in six catastrophe response trucks, where customers can have their claims handled.

For many new Texans, it may be their first experience with a hurricane.

“It’s physically, financially and emotionally overwhelming,” Pilcic said.

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