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Hurricane Ike Leaves a Wake of Destruction and Mold across Texas


EMSL Analytical offers testing solutions for property owners and environmental professionals across Texas and the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Ike caused devastation to Galveston, Houston and the surrounding region over the weekend leaving behind 28 deaths and untold destruction to property. Residents who did not flee before the storms are now being evacuated due to the destruction and lack of city services such as power and emergency response.

Throughout the region storm surges and torrential rainfall and winds have caused many areas to remain flooded. Many property owners will have to wait several more days before they come home to assess their damaged properties.

Many homes that survived intact were flooded by several feet of water and thousands of damaged roofs allowed wind driven rain to soak the structures they once kept dry. When residents do return home the flood cleanup will also have concerns about contamination from sewage, chemicals and mold growth in the wet homes and offices.

EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s leading environmental laboratories has laboratories located in Texas and the Gulf Coast, including in Houston and Baton Rouge. The laboratories have been fully staffed to handle the influx of mold; sewage and chemical contaminate samples that follow natural disasters like Ike. The Products Division is also fully stocked with sampling supplies and equipment for environmental professionals in the area.

“The needs of the residents in the region to get back on their feet and into their homes will be enormous,” reported Paul Cochrane, Director of Marketing at EMSL Analytical. “EMSL has staged the necessary resources to handle the influx of calls, samples and environmental equipment to help the region recover as quickly as possible from Ike,” Cochrane continued.

EMSL has been offering testing services following natural and manmade disasters since its inception in 1981. For more information on testing services and products provided by EMSL please call (800) 220-3675, visit or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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