King StarBoard® – Flood Damage Control During Hurricane Irma

My house is located on Trout River in Jacksonville, Florida.

We were experiencing flood conditions during a nor’easter and the approach of Hurricane Irma. As Hurricane Irma was leaving the area, we received a storm surge with massive flooding throughout. Water came up over my bulkhead, submerged my dock and flooded the yard. Water was continuing to rise with several hours left until the high tide and we were doomed to have water enter the house. At this point the house was completely surrounded by water, we watched as water was inches from entering the house and water was starting to enter the garage.

In a last-ditch attempt, I used a piece of ½” King StarBoard® that was 2’ x 7’ and cut it to fit between my doorjambs on my back door. I used two tubes of latex caulking and caulked the perimeter, put the board in place and then covered the caulking and board with foil tape. I did this all while standing in calf-high water, watching waves over my back shoulder approach the house. I climbed into the house through a window. We sealed up the French doors and put towels at the base right as waves were starting to hit the King StarBoard® dam. By the grace of God, King StarBoard® prevented waves from entering my house.

If it wasn’t for the quick MacGyver-like thinking, and having a piece of King StarBoard® in my garage, I would be taking up my wood floors and drywall as we speak. We are extremely fortunate to not have flooding inside the house. I am so thankful I came up with the idea and used your product in a disaster situation. I know King StarBoard® material is very expensive, but in this case, it’s worth its weight in gold.

Joseph Tooker
Jacksonville, Florida

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