Houston furniture store’s new truck to help during flooding

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston furniture store owner who saved and protected people in his business during past floods, including Hurricane Harvey, has new equipment to help even more residents when the next big storm comes.

On Thursday, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, unveiled a new flood ambulance that his team can use to rescue Houston residents from storms and floods, according to Houston TV station KTRK.

McIngvale and his team previously used company cars to rescue residents and bring them back to the cavernous showroom of his north Houston furniture store that he opened as a shelter during previous natural disasters, including Harvey in 2017 and the deadly winter storm in February.

“Because of our commitment, we have a responsibility to community well-being, and this truck will help us deliver on that commitment,” said McIngvale.

The truck can travel safely through 55 inches of water and has a hydraulic tailgate. The truck was developed by the General Truck Body Manufacturing Company, which has also supplied flood rescue vehicles for the Houston Fire Department.

The truck arrived just in time for the Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1st.

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