Even though Tropical Storm Allison was never upgraded to a hurricane, it came upon the U.S. with a blinding force. Heavy rains and winds ravaged southeastern Texas on June 8 and then moved to the northeast. The first storm of the 2001 Hurricane season claimed 47 lives and caused over $4 billion worth of damage. However, this event did not catch disaster recovery planners unprepared. Comdisco Backs Customer During Houston Floods- by Richard Magani You would think a June storm named Allison would be a pleasant summer shower, but Tropical Storm Allison was anything but. The storm drenched the Houston area, blanketing large swaths of the city in floodwaters. Lightning and rising water combined to cause power outages across the area, sending utility crews into a frenzy trying to fix damaged transformers and other power equipment. One Comdisco customer, a service bureau, declared a disaster after the company’s local data center lost power.