Shortly following Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas, Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
Damage from Hurricanes
The damage that results from hurricanes is often multi-faceted. Flooding generally follows a hurricane due to both heavy rains and storm surge. Additionally, hurricane force winds and tornadoes cause significant wind damage.
Per ABC News, "Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused between $150 billion and $200 billion in damage to Texas and Florida, comparable to the costs from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, according to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics on Monday."
Hurricane Irma Commercial Loss
SERVPRO of Baldwin County serviced a commercial client whose facility was affected by 4 ft of flood water due to Hurricane Irma. Due to lack of power for the first few days, multiple generators had to be brought in so that drying equipment could be placed. Servicing commercial clients can some times bring unique challenges because there are usually multiple parties involved. We were hired by both the tenant and the facility owner to handle the contents and structure. Due to separate parties, the claims had to be treated separately. We devoted one team to handle to the contents and another to handle the structure. The contents were inventoried; restorable items were moved into storage containers for the client while non-restorable items were disposed. In regards to the structure, mitigation was performed thoroughly and quickly to prevent loss of business interruption for both the tenant and facility owner.