POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 8:34pm
LAFAYETTE, LA — The Rapid Response Team from Lafayette, LA deployed to Calgary, Canada last week to assist business owners in disaster recovery from the worst flooding in decades. Calgary, as well as surrounding areas, was flooded when the two rivers that converge in the city overflowed due to heavy rainfall. Many commercial and residential structures were affected by the flooding and thousands of residents had to be evacuated.
One area affected was The Calgary Stampede rodeo and fair grounds. The Calgary Stampede is billed as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'. Flood waters covered most of the grounds as well as the Saddle Dome that hosts the rodeo and other events. The Saddle Dome sustained flood waters throughout the entire arena up to the eighth level. The event hosts up to 700,000 attendees each year. Thanks to the rapid response of ServiceMaster Recovery Management officials were able to open the events last weekend as scheduled; only two weeks after the damage occurred.
ServiceMaster Recovery Management has 12 command centers throughout the US, one located in Lafayette, LA, responds to disasters Internationally. Recently SRM provided recovery efforts in St. Louis after tornados cut a huge path of damage to homes and businesses. SRM also provided disaster recovery after super storm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac last fall and in 2011 SRM sent crews to Thailand to help American based businesses there after major flooding.
"SRM is equipped to handle these types of events worldwide. We are large loss recovery experts you can count on," says Huey Miller, Jr. Managing Director.