3P Offroad serves as water rescue hub during Harvey

Brothers Travis (left) and Josh Herzing own 3P Offroad and helped with water rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey in August.

Brothers Travis (left) and Josh Herzing own 3P Offroad and helped with water rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey in August.

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Josh and Travis Herzing opened 3P Offroad three years ago in Tomball, expanding their hobby of servicing and racing all-terrain and utility task vehicles, Josh said. The business offers a one-stop shop for ATV and UTV repair and maintenance services with same-day service available.

“It was just one of those hobbies that came to life one day,” Josh said. “We do everything here in-house for the most part. … I think what makes [us] different is we are so broad in what we do.”

Having an interest in vehicles, the brothers acquired a 5-ton army truck from an auction about two years ago, Josh said. However, the truck was lightly used until the Northwest Houston area sustained major flooding in spring 2016, and the Herzings began helping displaced residents.

“It was just something we kind of did because we had the truck [that could go through water],” Josh said. “We finally had a use for it.”

When Hurricane Harvey brought floodwaters again to the Greater Houston area in late August, 3P Offroad deployed the army truck, rescuing 35 residents from a Telge Road neighborhood. Josh said as residents were dropped off at a nearby H-E-B, the 3P crew spoke with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who spread the word about the team’s rescue operations.

“When we came back [to our shop], there was probably about 100 people standing outside ready to help,” he said.

As Harvey hovered over Houston, the 3P crew set up a command center at the Tomball site and helped out in neighborhoods from Rockport to Beaumont, Josh said.

He said volunteers came from across the U.S. to help with 3P’s operations, bringing more than 250 boats, vehicles, supplies and food.

“We didn’t think it’d be that big,” Josh said. “We just kind of went out to help some people.”

After Harvey, volunteers set up shop in a nearby house, maintaining the mobile command center for 20 members of the 3P crew helping with Hurricane Irma operations in Florida.

“[The volunteers] just wanted to keep doing it,” Josh said. “It was just a crazy experience.”

3P Offroad
12034 Spring Cypress Road, Tomball
713-793-6880
www.3poffroad.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;closed Saturdays, Sundays
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.