Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Great Flood of 1988

One morning, I woke up confused.

Okay, honestly, I wake up most mornings at least slightly confused.

But on this particular morning, I rolled out of bed and stepped into a swamp. Which was strange because I lived nowhere near a swamp and, to my recollection, there hadn't been one there when I'd gone to bed.

My mom was running around the house, panicking, trying to get someone, anyone, to answer the phone at six in the morning, and she was drenched.

During the night, the hose to our washing machine--

(Oh so conveniently located in the middle of the hallway in the middle of the house)

--burst and spewed water for hours. Apparently we were all very sound sleepers that night since none of us heard the of water as it shot three feet across the hall, pounding on the wall to my brother's bedroom.

The fire department eventually came and sucked up most of the 2 inches of water that had managed to accumulate. At my wise age of 12, a "mighty flood" of 2 inches of water really didn't sound like such a big deal. Until they came and ripped out the carpet. And the padding underneath it. And then the water stains started forming on the walls.

A 2-inch flood is a big deal.

And it really, truly can happen to anyone at any time without warning.

Polygon Group provides services all around the world for situations like these, and much, much more. They do so much, from water damage restoration to document cleaning and drying (which is a major problem when you're dealing with a flood). They also provide fire clean up and restoration services and a wide variety of insurance plans, as well, working on the large and small scale.

One thing that impressed me about this company is the work they've done in Thailand, following a particularly devastating monsoon season in 2011. After hundreds of deaths, and billions of dollars in property damage, Polygon Group went into the hardest hit areas to assess the damage, help stop further problems, and then begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding.

As you know, I love service, especially on a global scale. Seeing what Polygon has done for Thailand really helped me see this as a company worth supporting.

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  1. That would have confused me, too. Would freak the cats out.

    1. Yeah, I can't remember where we eventually found the cat. But she was pretty mad, too.

  2. I am glad it wasn't me I would not like that waking up to find a swamp in my bedroom.......

  3. My MN cousin called me on Monday, saying that she spent the weekend pumping out her basement with the help of a generator. A massive rainstorm came through on Friday and they lost power til Sunday afternoon. Now, I see another storm headed her way.

    And they say earthquakes are bad.

    1. I'll take earthquakes over pretty much any other natural disaster ever.

  4. Ehh, I would hate to wake up to that! The house I live in now has a lot of basement flooding issues. I hate when it rains really hard!

  5. Great Karen. Now I'm totally freaked out about my house flooding!

  6. OMG wow but actually this is sooo much more understandable now after Sandy which wrecked havoc here.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  7. Hey I just came through your blog. Water damage needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible if we don't do this this may be cause of many disease. You are providing good services. Keep going it.
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