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HURRICANES AND FLOODING What can happen to your elevator or escalator during a hurricane or a flood? Elevator pits are one of the lowest points in a building, so water from a hurricane’ s storm surge, excessive rain or even broken water pipes can flood this area. A host of equipment susceptible to water damage is fixed within the pit. Flood water also can contaminate the fluid needed to operate hydraulic elevators. Escalators installed outdoors or exposed to the elements are especially vulnerable to flooding and high winds. Hur- ricane-force winds can weaken connections or crack welds BOMA MAGAZINE 45