Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornadoes from Oklahoma to Missouri 22 May 2019

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornadoes from Oklahoma to Missouri 22 May 2019 Joplin Missouri tornado 22 May 2019

Severe weather continues to plague Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri.

The Tornadic Expeditions Storm Chasing team captured this photo of a tornado that destroyed a large part of Joplin, Missouri.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls to everyone affected by this week's massive outbreak, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families!

SERVPRO has a team of over 200 professionally trained and dedicated members to help those affected by severe weather.

Please reach out to any SERVPRO location or call 1-800-SERVPRO for immediate assistance in mitigating your loss.

We have direct expertise in dealing with storm damage through our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding. Severe weather happens. Be prepared to call the team with the experience, the equipment, and the resources to help make it "Like it never even happened."

https://www.facebook.com/865809043456121/photos/p.1703348206368863/1703348206368863

Watch: House falls into Cimarron River as floodwaters rise in Oklahoma

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watch: House falls into Cimarron River as floodwaters rise in Oklahoma KOCO-TV of Oklahoma City providing coverage of severe flooding from this week's storms.

More houses are at risk of falling into the Cimarron River in Crescent, Oklahoma. On Wednesday, a house, barns and trees were washed away by floodwaters.

Flooding from this week's storms have also closed many roads and camping areas throughout Texoma.

Remember, flooded areas may not look deep, but any water over roads and cresting over banks can be life threatening.

Turn around - don't drown. Avoid flooded areas and let emergency responders do their job.

And, if you are affected by storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

We can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

https://www.koco.com/article/watch-house-falls-into-river-as-floodwaters-rise-at-cimarron-river/27561467

Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri Hundreds of homes damaged as flooding continues to grow in the Midwest.

Historic flooding continues in the Midwest, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this disaster.

To date, 500 homes in one county have been destroyed. Three people have died attempting to cross flooded areas. Offutt Air Force Base has been inundated by floodwaters, resulting in sixty damaged buildings and the closure of their runway. And a nuclear power station in Brownville, Nebraska is preparing to shut down.

The loss and devastation will continue to worsen as rivers rise and overflow their banks.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls continues to monitor this situation, as does all of our franchises.

We are part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, which is composed of the best of the best in restoration.

Your Wichita Falls team is part of an elite group of specialists who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

We are faster to any size disaster, both here in Texoma and wherever else we're needed.

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-03-18-flooding-midwest-nebraska-iowa-rivers

Summer storms wreck havoc on local mall

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer storms wreck havoc on local mall After 9 inches of rainfall in one day, this local mall flooded and many retailers were closed for a week.

“Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing.” - Oklahoma Governor Todd Lamb.

That was in June, 2016. Over 9 inches of rain fell in one morning in the Lawton area. And a total of nine counties were included in the state of emergency declaration.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responded to this storm quickly in order to help the local retailers at the mall.

The flooding affected every store within the mall, some worse than others.

This sports store had water standing inches deep, until our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team arrived.

We immediately began extracting water, then began pulling up the damaged carpet. An inspection in their storage area revealed severely damaged drywall and wet insulation, which was removed. 

After setting up air movers and dehumidifiers, we moved on the adjacent retails.

Overall, the cleanup from this storm took about a week. The impact on retailers and homeowners was heartbreaking.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was honored to provide assistance to these retailers during their time of disaster.

And we're here to help you. When disaster strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

940-263-1550.

Preparing to assist after the storm

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing to assist after the storm One of hundreds of pieces of equipment SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is loading in preparation for Storm Team assistance after arctic blast hits Midwest.

Wind chills of -15 degrees forecast for central Iowa today, as can be seen in the National Weather Service advisory posted below.

Your SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team is loading up equipment and supplies, ready to assist the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery team.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service Des Moines IA401 AM CST Thu Feb 7 2019...Significant Winter Storm Will Continue to Impact the StateToday with Dangerous Wind Chills Tonight....After a band of moderate freezing rain, sleet, and snow passedover central Iowa earlier this morning, primarily freezing drizzleand light snow or flurries prevails at this time. The next roundof heavier precipitation is over northern Missouri and will bemoving into Iowa before sunrise. This will spread freezing rainperhaps mixing with sleet over southeast portions of Iowa withsignificant ice accumulations still possible in this area throughmidday today. Farther to the north and west, any lingeringfreezing drizzle will change to snow and then spread eastward thismorning.Strong northwest winds will develop by midday Thursday causingblizzard conditions over northern Iowa this afternoon into thisevening. In the southeast, there is a potential for tree damageand power outages where significant ice accumulation occurs.Hazardous driving conditions are expected over much of the regiontoday into this evening.Another round of bitter cold wind chills arrives late today intoFriday morning. Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings will be neededover much of central Iowa.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to help those affected by the arctic blast

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to help those affected by the arctic blast The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Winter weather advisories give us time to prepare for damage in a disaster.

Your SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team is loading up and preparing to join our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in assisting those affected by the ongoing arctic blast.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.




Storm damage cleanup and restoration service

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage cleanup and restoration service Demolition has been completed on this home severely damaged by a hurricane

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Wichita Falls business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We have direct expertise in dealing with storm damage through our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding. Severe weather happens. Be prepared to call the team with the experience, the equipment, and the resources to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - 940-263-1550.

The Other Side of Storm Damage

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Other Side of Storm Damage Inside a local residence after the storm.

Some storm damage is obvious. Roofs torn off buildings, downed trees and power lines, and debris covering streets and lawns.

It may take days for storm damaged roofs to show signs of leaking inside your home or business, which can lead to secondary damage.

Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Wichita Falls business owners and residents.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Learn More

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

We're here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Your belongings and storm damage

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your belongings and storm damage After the storm and ready for restoration.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Softball size hail damages homes in Wylie, TX

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

On the afternoon and evening of April 11th, 2016, an intense supercell thunderstorm traversed North Texas roughly from Wichita Falls to Tyler. This storm will be remembered for the massive hail it produced, especially in the city of Wylie where 80% of homes were affected and over $300 million in damage occurred. Fortunately, only a few minor injuries were reported.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responded to the calls for help as part of our National Storm Response and were devasted to see the damage this storm caused.

For more information on this event, please follow the following link: https://www.weather.gov/fwd/20160411

Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

3/22/2018 (Permalink)


Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

While we can control many things in life, we may control natural calamities like wind damage, river flooding, hurricane damage, ice damage, ground water penetration, ice dams and much more. The weather system is dynamic and within a split second, it can cause massive roof damage, frozen pipes, and ice damming. More often, these natural events bring about huge impacts like flooding. At this point let us narrow down to storm damage and how you can seek the help of experts with flood pumps to help you with storm remediation.

What is a Storm Damage?

Firstly, it comes as a result of a severely troubled state of the atmosphere resulting in extreme weather conditions. Sometimes, a storm can be accompanied by rain, hail falls, and ice damming. Storms can cause damages including roof damage, wind damage, ice damage, hail damage, and roof damage which further causes roof leak.

Some storms could be less severe while others are violent, for instance, a hurricane. The resulting hurricane damage can cause massive property losses. Other damages related to storms include the creation of ice dams, flood waters, river flooding, frozen pipes from ice formation, roof leaks, wind damage, and ground water.

Effects of Storm Damage

Storms come with impacts so big. Severe storms can cause hurricane damages, flood water, ice damage, and frozen pipes. Your entire home could suffer roof damage that blows away your entire or part of your roof resulting in a roof leak. There's no way you can live in a house with a broken roof, so roof repair needs to be done as soon as possible.

Another problem could be hail damage which results from hail storms and can seriously destroy many properties. Also, storms could come with falling ice which creates ice damage in terms of ice dams. Ice damming is quite risky as it can destroy property or kill animals such as pets, not forgetting human beings.

We have already mentioned that storms can result in lots of flood water, and you need a storm remediation company with a powerful flood pump to carry out the water restoration and home restoration. River flooding or ground water can also cause massive property damage if storm remediation process is not expedited. The effect of storms includes property damage inform of rusting, rotting, and mold growth. If not worked on soon, such damage could result to adverse effects that would require high amounts of money for storm restoration and home restoration. It can leave people bankrupt, especially if they are not signed up for storm related insurance premiums.

Storms and electricity have never been friends. These damages can bring down utility supply lines and pose further danger to life and property. When people suffer storm effects, storm remediation and home restoration should be started as quickly as possible to prevent further damages. Roof repair and elimination of flood water should be the first priority. Storm remediation and water restoration should be left to the professionals with the right equipment like flood pump.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and flooding can cause huge damages – water damage, roof damage, hail damage, and wind damage which consequently result to flooding, ground water, roof leak, ice damming, ice dams, river flooding, and more. The answer after storm damage is to do storm remediation or storm restoration, water restoration, home restoration, and business restoration.

Professional Storm Remediation

Damage such as hurricane damage causes negative effects – it could take away your roof or leave you with roof leaks which will cost a lot in roof repair. But there is a process of restoration after such – after all, people need to move on with life. The solution is to call professionals to do storm restoration or storm remediation. It is true that you can try to work on it by yourself, but this is only to a very small extent – such as doing water cleanup from flooding or minor roof repair.

What you need is a professional storm remediation. Storm restoration companies exist to help people do home restoration and water restoration that result from storm and hail damage. The experts usually come with powerful tools like a flood pump to clean up the water during storm remediation. If you choose to do it your own, how do you even start dealing with frozen pipes? So, call the storm remediation company in your State for assistance. We can control some issues in life, but some we cannot. When they hit, we can use professional restoration services to help us get back up!
Visit www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com for more information on storm damage.

Tips For Preventing Frozen Pipes

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips For Preventing Frozen Pipes Pipes on an outdoor wall with additional insulation to prevent them from freezing.

Living in North Texas, we don’t have to deal with the months of freezing temperatures that are typical in the northern parts of the country; however, we unfortunately still deal with frozen pipes on a regular basis. Homes in warmer climates tend to lack the insulation that is the standard in places with frigid winter temperatures, so whenever we experience freezing weather pipes are quickly frozen if precautions have not been taken. Frozen pipes are inconvenient and problematic. Along with preventing water flow into your home, they regularly burst and cause costly damages. Be better prepared for the next artic blast by following these frozen pipe prevention tips:

  • Keep faucets dripping to relieve pressure and prevent the pipes from freezing. Particularly important over night when your plumbing system is not being used frequently and the temperature is dropping.
  • Disconnect hoses on outdoor faucets and use faucet covers to prevent them from freezing.
  • Seal any leaks that might be allowing cold air inside your house, especially in areas that are close to pipes.
  • If you have some particularly vulnerable pipes you can use heat tape. Heat tape and heat cables are electrically powered heat sources that you wrap around pipes that are at risk for freezing. Like using any other type of heater, they will need to be monitored to ensure their safe use.
  • Try to keep your house at a constant temperature all day and night. Many people turn down thermostats when they go to bed, but night time is when your pipes are most likely to freeze. Opening cabinet doors, especially at night, allows the warm air in your home to circle around pipes and reduce their risk of freezing.
  • Additional insulation is one of the best choices when preparing your house for winter weather. Any pipes on outdoor walls or in areas with less insulation (i.e. attic) may need some foam or fiberglass sleeves from your local hardware store. Insulation will always be less expensive than a water damage, so the more insulation the better.

If you do experience a burst pipe this winter, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. We are a 24-hour emergency service business, and can have a professional on site within hours to help you get your home back to normal. Call us anytime at 940-263-1550.

SERVPRO donates 35,000 diapers to folks in need following Hurricane Harvey

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was 1 of 240 nationwide franchises that responded for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

SERVPRO Industries honors SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Industries honors SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Storm Response Crew

SERVPRO Industries, Inc.

May 31 at 1:15pm · 

Storm Spotlight: This month, we shine a light on SERVPRO of Wichita Falls for their bravery and commitment as leaders in storm response.

One of the first responders during a major hailstorm in Wylie, TX, this team worked tirelessly to assist their neighbors in the North Dallas area. Thank you, SERVPRO® of Wichita Falls, for your dedication to your community!

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls will celebrate their third anniversary in July. As past employees of a California franchise, Kaycee and Aaron Ryan had the experience and drive to become frequent responders to storm events nationwide in the last 2.5 years. Last April, a major hailstorm hit the town of Wylie, TX damaging roofs, windows, and siding which allowed rainwater to intrude into homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was one of 19 Franchises that answered the call to assist their neighbors in the North Dallas area. After they produced all jobs that were dispatched to them, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was the first to have all job files complete and turned in to the Storm Site. 

Storm Events Include:

Detroit, MI 8/2014

Washington, DC 2/2015

Springfield, MO 1/2016

Wylie, TX 8/2016

Joplin, MO 5/2017

Rockport & Port Aransas (Hurricane Harvey) 9/2017

Micro-storm Events Include:

North Texas 5/2016

Lawton, OK 8/2016

North Texas 10/2016

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew


We have responded to every nationwide mobilization call from SERVPRO Corporate since this franchise opened in 2014.


Detroit, MI 8/2014 


Washington, DC 2/2015


Springfield, MO 1/2016


Wylie, TX 8/2016


North Texas 5/2016


Lawton, OK 8/2016


North Texas 10/2016

Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas

10/30/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas

Pray for the Texans' in the affected areas and that we don't have any more tragedies of folks getting swept away in flash floods. Homes and contents are just "things," stay alert and evacuate your family if notified! If the roadway in front of you is under water, turn around and choose an alternate route. Vehicles can hydroplane or be swept from the roadway in as little as a few inches.

If your home sustains water intrusion and damage, there are over 1700 franchises nationwide to help get your home back to pre-loss condition.

SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens."
1-800-SERVPRO

http://texasstormchasers.com/2015/10/30/catastrophic-historic-flooding-underway-in-parts-of-central-texas-updated-forecast-this-afternoon/

Freeze Warning in Effect for Texoma

10/31/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Freeze Warning in Effect for Texoma Frozen copper pipes!

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/lifeline/rain-chances-improve-following-first-freeze-warning-of-season_29981974

While we are all praying for the much-needed rain to help Texoma recover from the Stage 5 drought, be aware for sudden drops into freezing temperatures.  If you have not winterized any of your exterior pipes, keep an eye out for cracked pipes as the day continues tomorrow.  Every winter season in Texoma, brings freeze events where we see several homes with broken pipes in attic spaces as well as exterior water intrusions due to cracked exterior pipes.