After massive rainfalls drenched Northeast Oklahoma in late May, the Arkansas River swelled to record levels and flooded areas around Muskogee. While the homes of most of our teammates who work at the Muskogee floor tile plant and regional distribution center were not affected, the deluge did impact them in other ways — and they took action to make positive impacts themselves within the community.
“There were a number of roads that were completely flooded, which cut off some of our team members’ access to the plant,” explained Muskogee Human Resources Manager Joseph Fuller. “In some instances, we had people who had to drive up to two-and-a-half hours just to get in to work.”
Fuller said that after the water receded, Muskogee team members collectively volunteered more than 100 hours helping with clean-up efforts. They worked side-by-side with friends and other area residents to remove the contents of homes and businesses that suffered significant flood damage.
“Local authorities estimated that there were more than 2,400 people in our area who were significantly impacted, and our teammates’ kind offers of their time and energies to help these people recover made a big difference,” said Dave Lippert, Muskogee plant manager. “It was unlike any other flooding that the area had previously experienced, and I’m proud of the how our teammates jumped in to help out those who really needed it.”
Fuller and Lippert also added that the team members who volunteered were acknowledged through the Kazoo employee recognition program. “Having the Kazoo app to pat these folks on the back was a great way to show our appreciation for their work in our community,” Lippert said.
Muskogee team members helped with clean-up efforts after flooding in late May affected approximately 2,400 area residents.