Cutler Bay Residents Rely on SERVPRO For Fast Action Against Flood Damage
Flood Damage Needs Professional Attention for the Best Outcome in Cutler Bay Properties
Cutler Bay is an old area of Florida but a relatively new city. In 1880 the township got named after Dr. William Cutler of Massachusetts, who visited and decided to settle in the area, called "Cutler" and later "Cutler's Ridge." One of the most exciting features of the land is the nearby Palmetto Bay, where scientists discovered a large fossil site containing paleontological records of a host of animals, including:
- Saber-toothed tigers
- California condors
Archeologists found strong evidence of a Native American tribe that no longer exists but thrived in the region over 10,000 years previously based on careful study of the Tequesta burial mounds and campsites. The earliest American settlers entered the area in 1825, but the township did not get founded until Dr. Cutler arrived. The area known as Cutler's Ridge continued to grow, assisted by the railroad coming through the community and small businesses opening in the town. All of that changed in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew made landfall near the city and nearly wiped the community off the map due to a combination of high winds, strong storm surge, and a slow-moving storm. One element worked in the town's favor, the tall vegetation in the underdeveloped areas that bordered the township assisted in lessening the flood damage from the initial storm surge. Still, it could not prevent the high winds from wrecking structures and foliage as the hurricane passed through. The area of Florida affected by Hurricane Andrew had estimated damage to the tune of $25 billion. The storm's low pressure with its slow pace dumped a massive amount of rain on the region, and the canals and drainage systems became overwhelmed, and extensive flooding occurred throughout.
The Town Opts For a New Name
The community decided to rebuild, and in April 2005, the Charter Committee for the town decided to rebrand the name and had a vote for the local citizens. The names that were chosen as possibles were "Pine Ridge," "Cutler Bay," "Cutler Ridge," and "Cutler." In November of the same year, the voters chose Cutler Bay as the final name for their town, and they also voted to incorporate making the city the county's 35th municipality. Initially, there was a certain amount of pushback from residents who did not like the name change and refused to use the new name.
Should Cutler Bay Property Owners Wait Until Floodwater Recedes Before Cleanup?
Once flood damage happens in a Cutler Bay residence, the restoration services should begin as rapidly as possible. The longer the water remains within the structure, the more damage it does. SERVPRO technicians have removal equipment that can work to remove water that is inches to feet in depth.
Controlled demolition is a standard action needed to halt further wicking of moisture into building materials. It is not unusual to see walls with portions removed, floorboards picked up, and tile removed. This is all to dry the subfloor and interior of the home quickly to avoid secondary issues such as:
- Mold spore germination and growth
- Musty odors
- Irreparable damage to the structure
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 for professional cleanup and restoration services in your Cutler Bay home after flood damage.