SPRINGFIELD, OH – Clark State Community College and CodeBlue will open a new Disaster Recovery Learning Laboratory, also known as the “flood house,” during a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29.

With water damage insurance claims on the rise, the flood house is one of the most useful tools in helping CodeBlue employees, contractors and insurance industry professionals become experts in assisting policyholders with water damage clams. During training classes, the laboratory, built to resemble a residential home, will be flooded with more than 1,500 gallons of water on a regular basis to simulate real water loss claims. The goals is to then return the structure to its pre-loss condition each time in the fastest, most efficient and least disruptive manner possible using the latest drying technology, methods and equipment.

CodeBlue industry experts will be on hand to answer questions. CodeBlue, which opened its Springfield office in May 2010, also has an office and a second flood house in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

“By having the best trained contractors and staff, we are better able to serve our insurance carrier partners and their policyholders,” said CodeBlue CEO and President Paul Gross. “With a facility such as this, it can be accomplished much more effectively. We are grateful to Clark State for partnering with us on the flood house, and the other educational programs they’ve developed to prepare our staff to expertly manage insurance industry claims. “