OKLAHOMA CITY – A local disaster restoration company is using a unique tool to educate people about how to properly clean a flooded home.
Spring rainfall has led to many flooded streets, highways and homes around Oklahoma.
People in El Reno had to be rescued from their homes by boat earlier this week.
"It was scary, scary, especially when you got grandbabies,” Tammy Flowers told News 4 on Tuesday.
The road to recovery after a home or business floods, as Mike McDaniel with Trilink Restoration Services knows well, can be a lengthy one.
"All of this rain has really caused a lot of damage. We've done a lot of jobs this week, mostly flooding,” McDaniel said.
They not only extract floodwaters from homes and businesses, but Trilink also educates people about the dangers that water can bring into their house or building.
"Flood damage from an actual flood is what we consider category 3. This water contains insecticides, fertilizer, oil and grease maybe from roads or the highways,” McDaniel said.
It’s something he said a lot of people don’t know.
Not only do they educate flood victims when they respond to disasters, but they also teach people about the effects flooding can have to their home or business using a unique tool that they call their ‘Flood House.’ It’s the only one of its’ kind in Oklahoma.
"We'll flood it. We'll show them how the extraction process works,” McDaniel said. "This water is contaminated and, when you're trying to dry a home or business out and restore it, it needs to be handled a little bit differently.”
McDaniel also said people often don’t realize things like pressed wood, upholstery and even clothing that was soaked by flood waters needs to be thrown out.
With really no way to fully prepare for a potential flood at your home or business, McDaniel said the best thing you can do is educate yourself about how to move forward after the storm.
"Have things, memorabilia, photographs, things that are irreplaceable, have those things maybe in plastic bins that you can grab quickly because, sometimes, you don't have a lot of warning," McDaniel said.
For more information on Trilink and the service they offer, click here.