In March 2023, an extraordinary flooding event occurred in the Tulare region of California, following record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the winter of 2022-2023. As a result, a veterinary research facility at a leading educational institution experienced severe flooding. The lab had to be evacuated, and adjacent facilities were also affected.
ATI partnered with an environmental consultant to devise a systematic approach to expedite this remediation and restoration project and get employees back into the lab as quickly as possible. This process included water extraction with a structural engineer to develop a protocol that allowed for the extraction of up to four feet of water per 24 hours, ensuring safety and structural integrity. An environmental assessment with a hygienist who assessed the discharged water to ensure it met environmental safety standards. ATI also conducted extensive debris removal salvaging services with a specialist to preserve equipment and contents for future lab operations and remediation services to affected areas to prevent microbial growth and ensure safety. ATI’s close coordination with facilities management, environmental health services, and FEMA ensured a cohesive response to the flooding event.