Mother Nature at Her worst. Below are a few pictures of the damaged buildings and what they looked like before and after the 2017 tornado that hit the New Orleans area, mainly New Orleans East. The pictures do not begin to truly display the devastation caused by the tornado.
We will never forget the faces of those who experienced a near death experience. It is a look of dazed and confused and what just happened. Someone was walking around with only one shoe and did not even realize it until someone started talking to her to bring her out of the daze and confusion.
We saw the tornado coming. We thought we were dead. We took cover in the warehouse huddled down saying our last prayers. Then suddenly the violent vibrating, shaking and twisting of the steel building metal components stopped. We were still alive as we watched the funnel cloud pass over us touching the ground then going back up into the sky.
Within minutes of the tornado the recovery started. Emergency calls to all of the public utility companies; electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications the list goes on. The natural gas lines and water lines were severed causing high pressure natural gas to violently escape. It was heard from a city block or more away.
What a monumental task. Steel columns ripped apart like paper; and I mean three eights inch thick steel beams torn at mid span, not at a welded joint. Field measurement of the walls, columns, girts and purlins took about two weeks. Inputting of the information into AutoCAD took about another two weeks.
No floor plans, just devastation, damage and destruction. We had to field measure all of the existing improvements or at least what was left of them. Apply for permits, identify and locate all of the different types of materials and order the materials. In almost all cases, steel building suppliers/manufacturers wanted nothing to do with it. The Design Build process was the most cost effective method and was used to put the buildings back on line.
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