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New York City Home Flooding Remediation 24/7

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician and equipment at work. Flood damage cleanup is no easy task. SERVPRO has IICRC trained technicians for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup for New York City Residents

New York City is not only the most densely populated city in the United States, but it is also the most populous megacity in the world. The city proper houses over 8 million residents, and over 23 million people live in the metropolitan area.

New York is famed not just for being a hub of business, culture, and entertainment but also for the number of floods it experiences due to its climate and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Hudson River.

Some of The Big Apple’s famous denizens include:

  • Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway
  • Disability rights activist Sandra Schnur
  • Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Theoretical biologist Robert Rosen
  • United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

New York City Climate and Flooding

Much of New York sits on a special flood zone, which indicates that there is a one percent chance of a severe rainfall event that usually creates significant flooding each year.

How One Flood Damaged All Five Boroughs

In late July 2019, the city saw flash floods, torrential downpours, and power outages en masse that affected traffic, transport, and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of residents. An estimated 325,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages in New York alone due to this storm.

Below is a breakdown of how this one event affected each of New York City’s boroughs:

  • Staten Island. Staten Island was slammed with storms and flooding that trapped vehicles in the water and even lifted a manhole cover out of its slot on Canal Street. Streets overflowed, and Richmond residents suffered a power outage after lightning struck a Con Edison transformer.
  • The Bronx. Flooding was extensive enough to flow down the stairs and into Pelham Bay Park station. Garden State Parkway, The Bronx River Parkway, and the Long Island Expressway were also forced to close.
  • Queens. Like The Bronx, subway stations and streets in Queens were submerged. Subway station walls even gave way from the torrential downpours in Long Island City’s Court Square-23rd Street station.
  • Brooklyn. Flash floods hit Brooklyn and were preceded by sweltering weather. Water in many areas of the borough was knee-deep and even higher in places like Carroll Street.
  • Manhattan. On top of street and subway floods, Manhattan saw dangerous gusts of wind peaking at 70 miles per hour, which felled trees and contributed to the massive power outages in the city.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Flood Damage Odors?

Your local SERVPRO team is licensed to mitigate New York City flood damage odors with various industrial-grade tools that address odor-causing particles, debris, and microbes.

The tools available to technicians include:

  • Scented granules for freshening up rooms and ventilation registers
  • EPA-registered biocides to address microbes, sewage, chemical runoff, and other debris
  • Hydroxyl generators, which break down odors into carbon dioxide and water without ozone
  • Commercial-grade box fans exchange up to 3,200 cubic feet per minute of air dozens of times.
  • HEPA-filter air scrubbers capture airborne particles to remove odors and improve indoor air quality.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is a phone call away from flood damage cleanup at (917) 423-6364.

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