Leveraging Portable Storage Following Tornado Outbreak – SERVPRO of Kendall County
Describe this restoration project.
On June 22, 2015, multiple tornadoes struck in and near Coal City, IL, including one that reached peak winds of 165 MPH with a width of ¾ of a mile. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, and the town’s high school and fire station were also affected, with a wide swath of land completely devastated through the town. With debris such as trees, vehicles, power lines, and more littering the roads and entire families being displaced in the disaster, getting in and out of the area was very difficult. This meant that SERVPRO of Kendall County would need to stay in the area as much as possible in order to help as many people begin rebuild their lives as they could, as they had as many as 30 customers to attend to on each block.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Working with moving and storage container company, 1-800-PACK-RAT, SERVPRO of Kendall County was able leverage portable moving and storage containers at multiple home sites to begin the cleanup process. Using about 10 mobile containers, SERVPRO of Kendall County began cleaning home after home, moving from one affected area to another, efficiently cleaning and restoring what could be saved and removing debris beyond repair. Since this event, SERVPRO of Kendall County, in conjunction with 1-800-PACK-RAT, has been helping communities hit by severe storms in Illinois and the surrounding states jump-start the rebuilding process and bring back a semblance of normalcy following a traumatic event.