Posted: Sep 9, 2013 8:17 AM by David Jay - MTN News
BILLINGS - Homeowners in Billings have had to clean up mud and the damage from flooding Saturday night. On Sunday, some had hired restoration companies to help.
"On this job there was water coming through the windows, basement windows, ran through the walls," said Servpro production manager Stephen Fox, who cleaned a home on Ben Hogan Drive.
"It's an unsanitary water because it ran across the ground and it's called category three and anything affected has to be removed because there could be diseases in it and a chance of mold."
Fox says It's important to remove the water damaged carpet and sheet rock. "We just remove material, anything we can and set up fans and dehumidifiers," Fox said.
For the home Walter Hagen Drive, a lot of the water came across the yard and into a window well. The flooding in the basement could have been a lot worse, but the owners pumped the water out of the window wells before the restoration crew arrived.
"You have to do as much as you can to stop as much of the damage as you can," said Caitlin Shirley. "If you stop and watch your house flood, it's just going to be that much worse."
Brice's MasterClean is helping a homeowner with flooding. "This one that I'm working on was a couple feet deep," Cady said. "A lot of mud have to take out all the carpet, the baseboards, some Sheetrock. Quite the project."
The restoration companies say they can not help everyone right away, but offer advice while people wait.
"Call all the restoration companies, get on lists, " said Cady. "Remove baseboard, remove the pad, at least underneath carpet If there's mud carpet needs to come out."
City crews clean the mud from Pinon Drive in the Heights.
Judy Whitley and her husband, Clark, can not get a restoration crew, and have started the process.
"We rented a U-Haul to put what we could salvage into," said Whiteley. "And that way we can start tearing up."
"It's devastating for the families, but they remain positive.
"It brings out the best in people," Judy Whitely said. "It really does."
"We actually didn't get it as bad as some people," said Shirley, "So you also have to count your blessings."
For a gallery of photos from the storm, click here.