Vivid, heart-wrenching images linger all too painfully of evacuees struggling to survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, called one of this nation's worst natural disasters.
No words can quite put an exclamation point on the devastation served up by the storm against the nation's Gulf Coast region. Some businesses are simply gone. Others are in clean-up mode.
Employees are scattered or, worse still, missing.
The tire dealer community-like its counterparts in many other industries affected by the tragedy-has rolled up its sleeves, pitched in and begun the long, tedious process of digging out and rebuilding. And it has opened its collective hearts, wallets and homes to those in need.
While communications to stricken businesses remain iffy if not impossible, Tire Business Staff Reporters reached a number of companies and tire dealerships in areas hit by the monstrous storm to gauge its effects-on property and people. On this and pages within this issue, these are some of those stories...