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The storm swept over the southern US state over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and devastation to homes and business alike.

Many of those worst affected were those living in poorer neighborhoods of massive cities like Houston – who had no money nor access to public transport to make it safely out of the danger zone.

Derek Blackwood has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including growing Wood Group’s American business from $20m per annum to $2billion per annum during his tenure in charge which ran until 2013. 

Mr Blackwood, who is also the president of the British-American Business Council, moved to Houston in 1999 from the UK.