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Emergency Fueling During Louisiana Flood

Emergency Fueling During Louisiana Flood

An emergency fuel provider uses the TransCube to fuel services needed during severe weather.

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CHALLENGE

In August 2016, nearly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell in Louisiana, causing catastrophic flooding across a huge southern swath of the state. The Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. An emergency fuel provider was charged with the task of transporting fuel to critical services during the severe weather. Due to the flood waters in the streets, they needed to find an innovative method of bringing the fuel to where it was critically needed.

SOLUTION

To enable delivery of fuel to the generator and other emergency equipment, the emergency fuel provider needed fuel storage tanks that could be transported while full of fuel and which could be easily fitted to an emergency vehicle for ease of transport. Their solution was to fit a repurposed military vehicle with two TransCube 20TCG fuel storage tanks.

The 550-gallon TransCube fuel tanks are UN DOT approved under 49CFR regulations for transport when full, which was critical to the operation. The cubed shape allowed them to fit the two tanks easily into the truck bed of the military vehicle for simplified bulk fuel transport. The TransCubes were pre-fitted with pumps and hose reels to simplify distribution.

RESULTS

The fuel provider was able to safely transport fuel for critical equipment in the areas affected by the storm, including a generator powering a cell phone tower for a non-profit organization’s 911 emergency services.

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