1. Items trashed, Four inches of mud to be shovelled out. Photo from July 25th 2016
Luckily most of them were OK after drying in the sun
Much of our bottled product and packaging material is kept at our office in Wahiaha, HI, but all bulk pre-mixed product, raw materials and rolls of labels erc are kept in a rented storage facility in the Kalihi area of Honolulu.
In July 2016 there was a severe tropical storm that caused overflow of a creek near Dillingham Street, and a surge of muddy water over 3 foot high in our storage unit. Because most of the chemicals were in sealed containers, we did not lose as much as other tenants who lost household furniture, and products for sale in local markets.
It is clear that the buckets and drums were floated on this surge of water and then all tipped over and fell where they lay. including a 300 gal tote of SEA GLOW™ that was almost empty. The storage management had to use a fork-lift just to roll up the front door that had items wedged against it. This area has never been flooded before and so was a complete surprise.
We were lucky and did not lose too much product. The dried chemicals miraculously survived because they were in sealed plastic bags. There was at least $40,000 of items that might have been lost! Photos taken less than one week after the flood.