Hurricane Recovery in Texas and Florida

When the hurricane winds leave and the flood water begins to recede, recovery begins. Below is a break down on how the recovery effort is going after Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

Hurricane Harvey is All About Flood Damage

Hurricane Harvey caused historic flood damage in Houston and the surrounding areas. The hazards of water are often broken down into three different categories. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, the (flood) water was labeled as a “category 3 liquid”. A category three liquid is defined as: “the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. When dealing with category 3 water, any building material that has come into contact with it must be removed and replaced if it cannot be completely sanitized.


When water is wind-blown, it is often labeled as a “category 2 liquid”. A category two liquid is defined as: Grey water–having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort If ingested. If a building comes in contact with this type of water, it can often be remediated with fans and dehumidifiers. If it is dried out within 72 hours after the intrusion, it is not necessary to do anything else. After that, you run the risk of mold setting in which will result in having to remove materials.

Following Harvey, residents and response teams are dealing with both category 2 and category 3 water. Many of the areas were inaccessible for a long period of time due to the scale of the disaster. Because the areas were inaccessible, and because of the scale of the disaster, much of the water damage was not able to be tried out in time, resulting in the need to remove and replace those materials too.


Hurricane Irma Is About Wind and Water


Hurricane Irma did not cause the same levels of flooding that Hurricane Harvey did. In fact, most of the damage in Florida is due to wind-blown water damage. This occurs when windows, doors, or walls blow out and let water in from the storm.


In cases like these, time is of the essence. It is critical to move fast and perform the necessary tests and assessments, and deliver the results to remediation teams right away.


What Hurricane Response Looks Like


In order to be effective, response takes a high level of coordination and expertise. At DCS we realize that it is important to have teams close to the impacted areas before landfall, as well as staying in communication with clients throughout. This ensures our clients that we were ready to deploy as soon as each area became accessible.


Once we knew which properties among our client’s portfolios were impacted, we sent our teams out to begin surveying the grounds for the damage. Using moisture meters, infrared cameras, and (where necessary) drones, our teams identified areas of water damage.This information was made immediately available to our teams, enabling them to get on site and begin their work as quickly as possible.


If you want to know more about how DCS helps its clients before, during, and after hurricanes, contact us today. Photo by The National Guard cc

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