Water damage restoration contactors are in overdrive following Sunday’s storm that dumped more than nine inches of rain on the Racine area.
Steve Schiele, president and CEO of RestoreMore, 5757 Douglas Ave., Caledonia, reported his company received more than 200 calls for service as of Monday afternoon — the areas most in need are Racine and Brookfield in Milwaukee County.
“We’re overloaded right now,” Schiele said. “We called a couple restoration contractors. They’re also taking on overflow right now.”
Tony Schiro, owner and president of Cardinal Restore & Construct, Inc., 920 Monroe Ave., Racine, said his company had received seven calls as of Monday afternoon, but had noticed many other restoration companies serving the area.
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“They’re definitely around, out in full force,” Schiro said.
The City of Racine’s Department of Public Works said in an email that it expects “significant private property issues in terms of flooded basements.”
“While we do not know those numbers just yet, we are mobilizing forces to assist in the clean-up in the coming days,” the DPW stated.
The DPW also reported some minor standing water in low lying areas where flows exceeded the capacity of the catch basin receiving it. Those issues have already been resolved. Public works infrastructure didn’t experience any significant damage either, the DPW said.
Safety: First things first
So, what do you do if you find your basement has flooded, or you otherwise have water damage in your residence or business?
Schiele said the first thing to worry about is your own safety. Do not step into the water or try to immediately grab items. There may be electricity flowing in the water, which could be deadly.
“A lot of people rush in,” Schiele said. “You have no idea if there’s electricity in the water.”
Inmates from the Sturtevant Transitional Facility help Otis and Geraldine Jones clean out the basement of their home at 416 Park View Drive on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, after floodwaters from the nearby Root River flooded out the basement.
Schiele added that, when the power is out, homeowners should not run generators in the event of a flood. Generators mixed with nearby water can create an electricity hazard. Additionally, they should not …….