A winter storm in Texas left millions without power, without water and without certainty of what was next. Some were without water for days while others watched as water flooded their homes and businesses. Many were questioning the reliability of the state’s electrical power grid, and many more questioned when they’d be warm again.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Every source of power Texas has has been compromised” including coal, and renewable energy and nuclear power. According to the Austin-American Statesman, many insurance industries are expecting the recovery costs to come close to that of Hurricane Harvey “which resulted in $19 billion insured losses.”
As the region’s leading disaster response team specializing in commercial and residential fire & smoke, water, mold, trauma, and biohazard cleanup and mitigation, we dispatched an emergency response fleet that included three 53-foot trailers with air movers, dehumidifiers and other restoration equipment along with two 53-foot flatbed trailers stocked with power generation equipment and several catastrophe response teams to Central Texas.
Knowing there would be significant water, flooding and ice damage, our teams were armed with labor, plumbers, and electricians ready for emergency service work for any commercial, industrial, retail and/or property management needs.
From the moment we had boots on the ground in Texas, our teams have worked around the clock on countless losses ranging from a 25,000 sq. ft. government facility, a 1,360 unit apartment complex, a 434 unit apartment complex and a 324 unit apartment complex- all with substantial damage. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Matt Lampert recently joined the Sasser Restoration team as a project executive and spent his first week on the job assisting with the efforts in Texas. As part of our commitment to responsiveness, service, quality and communication, we are ready to take action at a moment’s notice—his immediate response to the need exemplifies the Sasser spirit.
“It was amazing how quickly the Sasser teams on the ground and the support team at home gathered disparate information, created a unified plan and began to execute,” said Miguel Figueroa, Sasser Restoration’s COO. “Productivity in the early hours after a catastrophe is crucial— our teams executed extremely well when called upon.”
In emergency situations like this, Sasser Restoration’s ability to offer structural dehumidification and drying, water damage mitigation, temporary generators for power and water extracting is invaluable. Controlling the indoor environment quickly is essential to reducing the chances of mold and microbial growth.
Texas has experienced natural disasters in its past, think Hurricane Harvey, but the state had never faced anything like this winter storm. As these temperatures and conditions were unprecedented for Texas, their infrastructure was not built to withstand it, and many did not have a disaster recovery plan in place.
For over 30 years, Sasser Restoration has helped commercial partners create and execute emergency response plans for situations just like this. When disasters hit, Sasser Restoration is there to bring your building back to life and keep your business moving forward.
Our teams are humbled by the opportunity to lend a helping hand in Texas where the need is still great, and we are proud of the high-quality work that continues to be done in order to restore these homes and businesses in a time of bitter uncertainty.