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Case Study: Hurricane Condo Damage
When Hurricane Ian made landfall on the Florida coast the devastation was vast and widespread. Mammoth was quick to respond and mitigate losses where access, materials, electricity, and more were incredibly challenging.
When Hurricane Ian made landfall on the Florida coast the devastation was vast and widespread. This specific complex of condominiums had 40 affected units with varying amounts of damage, individual owners, and multiple insurance policies. With both flood damage and wind-driven rain entering the condos, moisture was present throughout each unit. Affected materials needed to be removed and moisture levels returned to a dry standard as the rising temps in Florida were creating the perfect environment for secondary damage. To make matters worse, accessing the location was extremely limited as the only bridge to Sanibel Island was wiped out in the storm. A lack of electricity, cell service, food, materials, and more made this an incredibly unique restoration project, however, our Catastrophe Response Team was certainly up for the challenge.
UNIQUE CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS
ACCESS AND TRANSPORTATION
The only bridge to Sanibel Island was wiped out in the storm and roads were impassible with down powerlines, trees, boats, and other debris. Transporting tractor trailers, equipment, and over 70+ workers daily took a great deal of coordination and planning.
For the first two weeks, access was only available by boat, and access to the job site from the drop-off point was still a mile away. Multiple ATVs were needed to transport both people and materials daily.
Power to the entire island (33 sq. miles) was completely wiped out. While the power companies worked feverishly to replace the lines to restore power, we simply couldn’t wait for an unknown timeline which ultimately took about two months.
We worked closely with our friends at Bitting Electric and Large generators were brought in to supply temporary power throughout the project. Since Mammoth Restoration was one of the first restoration companies on the island, we were able to source generators that quickly became hard to come by.
Supplying food for 70+ workers a day was not only challenging to keep fresh without power but was also often difficult to source with many mainland businesses dealing with damage, lack of power, and supply issues of their own.
Mammoth’s Central Support team was able to arrange for pre-packaged lunches provided by inland restaurants and dropped off at staging points the night prior. For two months, food was transferred to large coolers and made their way to the job site via boat and shuttles after bridge access became available.
40 CONDOS WITH 40 OWNERS
This project had 40 different condos that were individually owned. Keeping track of the work being done and the contents in each individual unit was needed.
With excellent communication and documentation, Mammoth worked with the President of the Homeowners Association and multiple adjusters every step of the way to limit the added stress of an already difficult situation.