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Storm Water Extraction Provided by Kalispell Restoration Experts

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of Glacier National Park Sign Our SERVPRO team enjoys our the trails and sights in 'our big back yard.'

SERVPRO Can Remove Floodwaters and Restore Kalispell Homes to Pre-Loss Condition 

Kalispell is a beautiful city in the wide-open state of Montana. It is the gateway to Glacier National Park, which is a wonder in itself. Snow-capped peaks, abundant wildlife, and alpine trails are part of the scenery. When you visit Kalispell, you will want to check out the downtown area. Many of the 1800s buildings have been restored, and it is like stepping back in time. You will not want to miss visiting: 

  • Conrad Mansion Museum– Dedicated to preserving the Conrad Family Estate, lovely period furnishings and gardens can be seen.
  • Charles E. Conrad Mansion– Victorian-era home of Charles E. Conrad. He was a Kalispell pioneer and shipping magnate.
  • The Sassafras Building– One of the first brick structures. Charles and Henry Lindlahr's Brewery Saloon resided there.
  • Heller Building– Began as the Heller Saloon in 1900 and featured the town's first cement sidewalk.
  • Snyder House –Built by stonemason Joseph C. Snyder, it is a transitional Colonial Revival style home.
  • Beaman House– A lovely Queen Anne style home built in 1895.
  • Scandinavian Methodist Church– Started in 1896, it is a restored wood building.
  • Fisher House– Built in 1892, it was created in the Stick/Eastlake architectural style. Reverend Fisher, his wife Mary, and their six children lived in the home.
  • Charles Boles House– A Tudor style home built in 1932 is a lovely building. 

Skiing, hunting, fishing, and other out-of-doors activities are all part of the charm of this stunning region of the United States. But life in this part of Montana can also have its dangers, and not just from grizzly bears. Heavy snows combined with heavy rainfall can cause torrential flooding. 

1964 Northwestern Montana Floods 

The winter of 1963 had seen heavy snowfall with many memories of shoveling snow in late May. On June 7, 1964, rain began to fall. The ground was still snow-covered in many areas and saturated from the winter's snows and spring rains. Streams and rivers were already high due to the spring thaw. The rain continued for twenty-four hours and produced one of the most devastating floods to hit Montana. 

The Continental Divide 

The Continental Divide splits the east from the west. The flooding impacted lands on both sides of the Divide. The Flathead River is on the west side and directly impacts Kalispell. It overflowed and sent record-breaking flows into towns and cities. East of the Divide, the Dearborn, Tetons, Sun, and Marias River spilled over as well. Other areas that got hit included: 

  • Glacier National Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Gibson Dam – overtopped
  • Swift Dam – breached
  • Two Medicine River Dam - breached 

The dams spilled large amounts of water into nearby towns with minimal warnings to the residents. The floodwaters from the Flathead River through Columbia Falls reached over 25 feet, breaking the record from 1894, where floodwaters reached a height of 19.7 feet. 

"All Hell Came Down the Mountains" 

That was how residents described the flood. The damage in Montana amounted to approximately $55 million. Over 8,000 people needed shelter, and 31 people died. The repercussions were felt in Canada as well, with $1 million in American dollars damage there. It was an extreme flood that had happened before and could happen again. 

Flathead County, while it suffered no deaths, ended up with $28.4 million in damages. Cattle and wildlife swept through the towns, and homes were destroyed. The raging water took out five bridges in the area and six miles of railroad track plus roads. 

What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare 

Because flooding can happen at any time, being prepared is the best thing homeowners can do to reduce damage. SERVPRO recommends the following steps: 

  • Have a family emergency plan in place. Know where to meet, what to do, and who to call in case a disaster occurs.
  • Prepare emergency kits for the family with needed supplies like bottled water, flashlights, and extra clothing.
  • Move treasured items to higher levels.
  • Keep copies of the necessary paperwork in a waterproof file. Store originals in a fire and waterproof location.
  • Obey evacuation orders.
  • Make sure you have flood insurance as part of your homeowner policy.
  • Do not enter the home until given the go-ahead. Floodwaters are highly contaminated.
  • Know your local SERVPRO number to call when the ok is given for cleaning and repairs. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County is dedicated to helping homeowners when a disaster happens. We provide storm water extraction and help clean up the damage that storms can bring. We stress safety, above all else, to our customers. Never risk your life for possessions. Things can be replaced; people cannot. 

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate Flood Damage? 

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians are well-trained in storm water extraction and other needed services. Because floodwater is contaminated, that is one of the first areas addressed. Water extraction is crucial as standing water can damage structural elements, causing them to deteriorate. The home and its content are subject to mold the longer the moisture remains. 

Never attempt floodwater cleanup on your own. Our Kalispell technicians have the proper PPE and experience. They know what needs done and get to work immediately. The following takes place when dealing with flood damage: 

  • Storm water extraction with trash pumps and other powerful pumps
  • Sanitizing using EPA-registered biocides, antimicrobials, and antifungal agents
  • Drying the structure and the content using air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Cleaning the content off-site if necessary.
  • Controlled demolition if needed to help with sanitizing and drying.
  • Repair and restoration as required. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County understands the needs of local folk. We are homeowners too. We know how devastating any type of disaster can be and want to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Our company is licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: Residential: 247200 & Commercial; 247200. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for all your fire, flood, and water damage restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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