After the impact of Hurricane Flo-rence with severe flooding in Wilmington, BJM Pumps reached out to Jeremy Reese, regional manager for Tencarva in Wilmington, to offer dewatering pumps for the relief effort.
The BJM Pumps Blog outlines the scenario: “There is no doubt that Hurricane Florence was one of the worst weather disasters to hit North and South Carolina. The Wilmington area was one of the hardest hit areas. Flooding closed all roads leading in and out of the city at one point. The numbers tell the story well:
- 23.02 inches of rain, making it the worst rainfall event in Wilmington ever (2nd worst ever in the United States)
- 105,000 residents without power
- 1,215 people stayed in one of five shelters through the storm.
The blog explains, “BJM works closely with Reese in the Tencarva Wilmington office. As a BJM partner, Reese has a strong understanding of the best uses of the pumps. This knowledge, along with his location and community relationships, allowed him to quickly respond and find the pumps a home. Reese was working at a neighborhood dinner for first responders. He struck up a conversation with a group of Wilmington firemen. They were assisting the volunteer fire departments in the outlying rural areas that saw most of the flooding. The pumps would be a great help in the clean-up efforts and to assist people in getting access to their homes. These pumps can clear water from a base-ment or garage to allow them to get their belongings.
The blog indicated that the firemen were also excited about the pumps’ ability to help them obtain surface water to fill the tanker trucks used in responding to fire emergencies. “The city was running on emergency power generators, but had to turn off the water as the generators ran out of fuel. This meant they couldn’t use water from fire hydrants.”
The blog continues, “In addition to helping the firemen, Reese was also able to help one of his associates with an emer-gency need. The associate’s home was in danger from flooded creek water. All rental pumps were already taken leaving him helpless as the water filled up his garage and came with inches of his home. Luckily, Reese had one remaining pump that he was able to use to keep his associ-ate’s home dry and safe.
“BJM Pumps would like to thank Jeremy Reese and Tencarva for their efforts in the hurricane relief and throughout their community. BJM works hard to find partners that go above and beyond to make a difference for their customers in any way they can.”