Hurricane Sandy Flood Waters in New York City
New York City suffered significant flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Xylem has been proactive in providing pumps to help remove flood waters from the city during the hurricane’s aftermath. (Photo courtesy of Xylem Inc.)

Sandy, a hurricane of historic proportions, delivered massive flooding and power outages in New York City earlier this week.  To aid in the recovery effort, Xylem Inc. delivered dewatering pumps to move water out of huge structures and small homes—even before power was restored.

Grant Salstrom, managing director of Xylem’s Godwin dewatering business, and his entire team spent the days leading up to the hurricane gathering hundreds of powerful Godwin brand dewatering pumps from all across the country and stockpiling them in Xylem branch locations and distribution sites near the hurricane’s projected path.

As Sandy raged across the region from October 29 and 30, causing massive flooding and power outages, Xylem says it provided hundreds of Goodwin Dri-Prime and hydraulic submersible pumps to customers who needed to move massive amounts of water without any available electricity. Distributors of Xylem’s Flygt-brand submersible pumps prepared to help customers as well.

Xylem’s dewatering pumps are made for various applications, including large-scale emergency and on-the-move projects. They are portable, capable of moving lots of water quickly, and can be rented or purchased as required. In addition, they feature Godwin’s Dri-Prime capability that provides automatic self-priming so operators don’t have to fill the pumps with water manually.

From the World Trade Center site in New York City to numerous wastewater treatment plants and other flooded locations throughout the Northeast, Xylem says its customers are using the pumps to minimize—or eliminate—flood damage at their operations.

Xylem also moved quickly to ensure that homeowners and small businesses have the pumps they need to recover in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Pump distributors throughout the Northeast were supplied with excess inventory of Bell & Gossett- and Goulds Water Technology-branded sump pumps that could be used—once power was restored—to remove flood waters from basements and other low-lying structures.

Where power was out, Xylem offered its Evacuator Series of dewatering pumps, which run on DC batteries and are capable of moving anywhere from 2000 to 8000 gallons of water per hour. Xylem plans to donate a number of Evacuator units to the affected communities, focusing on specific locations where they can be best used.

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