Emergency Sweeping

Prepare for Disaster – It Is Coming


You’re likely aware of the flooding that occurred in Ellicott City, outside of Baltimore, MD, over a weekend at the end of May 2018. Some areas were overcome with as much as 8 inches of rain in just a few hours on a Sunday evening.

Hundreds of people had to be rescued from a rapidly rising river of brown water that rushed through Ellicott City’s historic Main Street. Buildings were toppled cars upended, as the nearby Patapsco River swelled to a record-breaking level.

Rescue personnel examine damage on Main Street after a flash flood rushed through the historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland, on May 27, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA-EFE)

Likely less familiar than the recent photos and video of the devastation is the fact that a very similar path of destruction ran through Ellicott City in July 2016 – less than 2 years ago.

An article in Stormwater magazine covered that event, which dropped 6.6 inches of rain in three hours on July 30, 2016. That storm and ensuing flood was termed at the time a “1,000-year” event.

Government officials and residents alike are shocked that this same area has been hit twice in less than two years by floods many considered unimaginable. Early reports say this year’s damage to infrastructure is far worse than that caused by the 2016 flooding which caused $32 million in damages.

With hurricanes in Houston and Columbia, South Carolina, New Jersey and Florida still fresh in people minds, as well as wild fires in California, flooding in Wakegan, IL, and volcanic eruption in Hawaii, the question of how to prepare for the next major natural disaster occurs to many of our 1-800-SWEEPER Partners.

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Louisiana Flood Garners Support From Across The Country For 1-800-SWEEPER Partner



Whenever a natural disaster strikes, like the hurricane that struck Charleston, SC last year, Partner Companies in 1-800-SWEEPER know that they will be called upon to help with the aftermath and cleanup. But what happens when the disaster itself – like the devastating flooding Louisiana is experiencing – destroys the equipment that will be needed to help clean the areas affected?

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