Hurricane Matthew Aftermath: How EHS Restoration Helped With Cleaning Up
- On January 16, 2017
Arizona is blessed to never feel the full effects of hurricanes. That does not mean, however, that Arizona companies ignore their neighbors when hurricanes hit elsewhere. Hurricane Matthew devastated vast parts of America’s southeast, leaving thousands of our fellow Americans in need, and EHS Restoration responded.
Hurricanes bring huge amounts of rain, strong winds, flooding, and unparalleled damage. Whole homes can be destroyed in seconds. Lifetimes of memories can be washed away. Property is damaged; lives are lost.
When Hurricane Matthew bore down on Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, it had already run a race of destruction across the Caribbean. Starting far out in the Atlantic and gathering strength as it plowed westward, the storm officially became Hurricane Matthew on September 29, striking Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas before making landfall in America on October 8.
With 75-miles-per-hour winds striking at McClellanville, S.C., and moving north along the coast, this hurricane did a lot of damage. One estimate put the price tag at $4 to $6 billion. Matthew, sadly, also took nine lives in Florida, four in Georgia, three in South Carolina, 11 lives in North Carolina, and one life in Virginia.
EHS On The Scene
EHS Restoration knows about emergencies. Our expert crews were on the scene for three weeks after the storm hit, helping 70 people to put their lives back together. With a hurricane, the damage comes in many ways:
- Saturating rain
- Storm surges
- Saltwater contamination of freshwater sources
- River flooding
- Post-storm mold, mildew and bacterial contamination
- Each of these issues can be catastrophic for the people and homes of the affected areas.
- EHS provided restoration services to help these people recover what property they could, prevent the spread of disease from contamination.
The water damage can be addressed by EHS’s expert water extraction services. We follow up with structural drying to reduce the chance of mold and mildew setting in. Throughout the Hurricane Matthew area, EHS Restoration was there to help homeowners and businesses.
Where the damage was too extensive for preservation, we helped with demolition and debris removal. Many homeowners have no experience or training to work safely in emergency conditions. At EHS, this is exactly what we train to do.
We helped flood and hurricane victims by boarding up lost doors and windows to secure their properties, by salvaging family possessions and sentimental treasures, and by temporarily shoring up damaged structures.
During the three weeks our expert crews worked in the affected areas, we did not take days off and worked long hours every day. We know time is critical after a hurricane and in the face of everyday emergencies. This is why EHS provides 24/7/365 service. We hope you never experience the raw power and rage of a hurricane-sized problem, but when you are faced with water damage, flooding, mold or fire damage, turn to the highly trained professionals at EHS Restoration.