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Lessons Learned By Flood Repair of Electrical Equipment

Written by  PAT BEISERT December 29, 2009

When commercial, industrial, and utility facilities are faced with catastrophic events such as those experienced in the Midwestern region of the United States in June 2008 due to massive flooding not seen in hundreds of years, a very specific and detailed sequence of events must occur to return the facility to productive operation both safely and efficiently. To illustrate the process, this article will provide guidance and suggestions for a course of action, based on a catastrophic event in June 2008 at an industrial facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. First and foremost, it is especially critical to analyze and repair the electrical power system in a safe and logical sequence. Electricity, by its very nature, is extremely toxic and should only be worked on by qualified electricity personnel. The decisions you make during the recovery process, especially when dealing with damaged equipment, can have far-reaching and potentially fatal consequences if not

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