Flood Restoration in St. Louis – Large Food Packaging Facility

Flooding in parking lot and yard outside of a building


Project Type: Flood Damage
Building Type: Manufacturing Facility
Contact: DKI Member Company – St. Louis, MO
Date of Loss: May 2017


Continuous torrential rain from April 28 through May 1, 2017 in the St. Louis, MO area caused heavy flooding to a 350,000 square foot food packaging facility in Pacific.


After impressing Graphic Packaging with their high level of performance from a former job, DKI was called on scene to help restore the facility’s latest damage. The team immediately assessed the damages, and put a plan into action. They began by removing and cleaning all waterlogged furniture from 45 different areas, including:

  • Storage facilities
  • Production space
  • Cafeteria
  • Offices
  • Maintenance rooms

The repairable contents were kept in storage pods to remain onsite. Bobcats were used to move the unsalvageable contents. All storage and locker systems that could be saved were also relocated to a staging area for cleaning. Commercial negative air units and commercial dehumidifiers were used to remove the moisture and dry out the contents and structure.

While performing demolition of built-in casework that was damaged by the floods, unexpected mold was discovered. The team removed the drywall, performed structural drying and cleaning, and completed encapsulation of masonry walls. Containment of 127-linear feet was built for the drying and encapsulation process to maintain a clean environment. The team also removed the vinyl (VCT) tile and performed demolition of the raised subfloor in two of the entrance areas.

Throughout the process, the DKI member worked around the clock for entire weeks until the project was completed. They overcame all challenges, including completing substantial work within just one week, and keeping all areas food-grade clean since the client produces packaging for food consumables.