Flooding from tropical storm Imelda hit the Houston area on Thursday, September 19, 2019, with some calling the situation worse than Hurricane Harvey.
Heavy rainfall inundated the Texas coast, flooding Houston and Beaumont, home to massive oil refining, petrochemical, and export facilities. The real threat from Imelda was “major, catastrophic flooding,” according to the National Weather Service.1
Our customers from the Houston area have been reaching out to the Aspen Aerogels Sales and Technical Services Teams for assistance and advice as recovery efforts get underway. And we want to help our customers and contractors restart impacted plants and processes safely and efficiently. If your facility's thermal insulation has been impacted by recent destructive weather events, refer to the following Technical Bulletin for guidance, or download the bulletin as a PDF.
When an industrial facility gets flooded, low-lying thermal insulation is often one of the first elements to be affected. High winds, moving water, and falling debris can further damage insulated surfaces. To safely and quickly navigate the restart of insulated piping and equipment, consider the following four steps: