Godwin, a Xylem brand, continues to support emergency relief efforts through the south after Hurricane Isaac.
In the same areas hit by Hurricane
Katrina in 2005, parishes throughout New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., were
experiencing flooding and power outages from Hurricane Isaac. Pump stations
were being used at length because of the outages, and needed backup. Godwin, in
conjunction with distributor Better Pumps & Solutions, deployed a total of
Godwin deployed six-inch pumps from
branches in Houston, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; Atlanta,
Bridgeport, N.J.; and Evanston, Wyo. Godwin Midwest District Manager Rob Lamm
traveled to Louisiana to assist Better Pumps & Solutions and work with
John Bienvenu of Better Pumps &
Solutions says, "There were five coastal parishes, among others, affected
by Hurricane Isaac. Some have had recent levee improvements that helped prevent
flooding. Others, in lower lying areas, experienced greater floods. Those not
greatly affected by flooding still suffered large power outages."
Better Pumps & Solutions has
locations in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and were at the forefront of
hurricane relief in the area.
In Mississippi, flooding wasn't too
dramatic during the storm, but the remnants of Hurricane Isaac still caused
problems for local communities. Godwin Eastern District Manager Will Buddin
started receiving calls on Saturday before Labor Day that the Percy Quin dam
and levee were in jeopardy. Officials wanted to build an emergency spillway.
The dam level needed to drop to reduce the threat of cracking, and also in
order to begin work on the emergency spillway.
Explains Buddin, "The dam is fed by
Lake Tangipahoa, which we estimated to be a 700- to 900-acre lake. That's a lot
of water that would go downstream toward Louisiana." Buddin boarded a
plane early Labor Day morning to assist distributor Hydra Service with
coordination efforts, calculations, and recommendations for the contractors on site.
Five 12-inch DPC300 Godwin Dri-Prime
pumps and four 8-inch CD225M Dri-Prime pumps were deployed from Hydra Service.
" Everyone was working to get the area under control as quickly as
possible with contractors and the Army Corp of Engineers."
The level dropped successfully in two days, and
now work has begun to install the emergency spillway. This will prevent such
emergencies in the future. The spillway will regulate excess flow in an
emergency or torrential downpour and take pressure off the dam.