Case study: Denham Springs, LA Flooding

Challenge

In August 2016, ten schools in the Livingston Parish Public Schools district in Louisiana were flooded after 30 inches of rain fell in a 30-hour timeframe. Perfection Cleaning & Restoration was contracted to begin restoration of four of the flooded campuses, completing restoration of two schools in just 31 days so students could begin the new school year.

Project Summary

Perfection Cleaning & Restoration was contracted by Livingston Parish Public Schools and tasked with restoring four school campuses including Southside Jr. High, Lewis Vincent Elementary, Seventh Ward Elementary and Denham Springs Elementary. All schools sustained flooding levels of 1-5 feet.

The flooding occurred Aug 12, and Perfection was asked to return two schools, Seventhward Elementary and Lewis Vincent Elementary, to occupiable status by Sept. 12, 2016. Both schools successfully opened by the requested dates which in turn allowed the system to return all students to school by Sept. 12, 2016. The two other schools were substantially damaged, and was designated for replacement rather than repair.

Reference Letter

To Whom It May Concern,

This correspondence is intended to be a letter of reference for Perfection Cleaning and Restoration and Mr. David Heitman. As Assistant Superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools I strongly endorse Perfection Cleaning and Restoration and Mr. Heitman.

On Aug. 12, 2016 our school district endured the greatest natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. A total of ten schools were flooded after thirty inches of rain fell within a thirty-hour timeframe. Shortly after Perfection Cleaning and Restoration was contracted to begin the restoration process on four of the flooded campuses. Those campuses included. Southside Jr. High, Lewis Vincent Elementary, Seventh Ward Elementary and Denham Springs Elementary. Flooding at the campuses ranged from one foot to five feet.

The work done on all these campuses was executed flawlessly, within expected timelines and completed without incident. During the scope of work, the lines of communication allowed for the efficient execution of the contracted work. Mr. Heitman communicated continually with the school system and exhibited remarkable compassion for the system’s employees in this time of devastation. As Assistant Superintendent I have personally witnessed Mr. Heitman’s willingness to work with his client and has shown remarkable resolve to meet every request of the school district. All work was completed within specified timelines and to the satisfaction of U. S. Helm and the school system.

Specifically, Mr. Heitman was asked to return two schools, Seventhward Elementary and Lewis Vincent Elementary, to occupiable status by Sept. 12, 2016. Both schools successfully opened by the requested dates which in turn allowed the system to return all students to school by Sept. 12, 2016. These efforts should not go unnoticed. The remaining schools of Southside Jr. and Denham Springs Elementary are expected to be designated as “substantially damaged”, which will trigger replacement rather than repair.
Perfection Cleaning and Restoration has performed admirably and done so with integrity and compassion.

As Assistant Superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools, and charged with the responsibility of returning these schools to previous status, I endorse and recommend the services of Perfection Cleaning and Restoration and Cleaning and Mr. David Heitman. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding rendered service at the following contact information.

Sincerely,
Alan E. Murphy
Assistant Superintendent Livingston Parish Public Schools
alan.murphy@lpsb.org 225-686-4208 or 225-572-0262

View the Original Copy of the Livingston Parish School District Reference Letter

 

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